PARKERSBURG, W. Va. - Woodcraft invites woodworkers to enter the “Build It! with Jory & John Sweepstakes” for a chance to win furniture building lessons taught by West Coast furnituremaker Jory Brigham and East Coast builder John Malecki.
Working in partnership with Jory Bigham Design and SawStop, Woodcraft will award one winner with a three-day training class for themselves and a companion at Brigham Design Workshop and Training Center in Paso Robles, California, the custom wood and metal bench made during the class, and a SawStop Professional Saw valued up to $3,149. The grand prize also includes a flight to and from San Luis Obispo, California, and four nights on-site lodging for the winner and guest. The winner, to be announced in May, will take part in a group class in October.
“We are excited to offer this tremendous experience to the lucky sweepstakes winner,” Jack Bigger, Woodcraft president, said. “Not only will they have the chance to improve their furniture building skills, but they will also enjoy a weekend of woodworking camaraderie with other builders, makers and DIYers. Jory and John are great assets to our educational resources, and getting some input from Jason is an added bonus.”
Second Prize is a WoodRiver Ultimate Bench Plane Kit that includes No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 Version 3 bench planes, a $574 value. For Third Prize, 20 more winners will receive $50 Woodcraft gift cards, which can be used in their local store, online or for a catalog order.
Sweepstakes entries will be accepted March 1 through April 30 in Woodcraft retail stores or online at Mail-ins are also accepted.
The Grand Prize winner will get hands-on instruction on a variety of woodworking skills from Brigham and Malecki. Brigham grew up around woodworkers and craftsmen, so he discovered his creative voice at an early age. With a modern take on nostalgia, he designs his pieces with mid-century flair and the idea that furniture should last. “I love to hear people say that my pieces remind them of their grandparents’ furniture. That was back in the day when people bought furniture with an intent to hand it down to their children. They weren’t scared to invest in something that would be a part of their family for generations,” he said. To learn more about Brigham, visit
Becoming a furnituremaker almost happened by accident for Malecki. The former NFL player, who had two stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, recalled, “I came home from a game to find that a roommate of mine sat on our coffee table and it broke, so we needed a new one.” His generation didn’t have the benefit of high school shop classes so he likes being part of “a DIY movement that is starting to grow and evolve beyond the traditional.” With influences from the Pittsburgh area, Malecki aims for a reclaimed, industrial look in his work. Find out more about Malecki on his site

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