LAS VEGAS - The best of woodworking’s next generation is celebrated at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers AWFS Fair 2011 Fresh Wood Student Competition.Outstanding construction and design achievements by students from leading high school and post-secondary woodworking programs in North America will be on view at the Fresh Wood Display in North Hall Booth 1245, so attendees can see all the finalists during the show’s run at the Las Vegas Convention Center, July 20-23.

The industry sponsored Fresh Wood Student Competition is intended for serious North American woodworking students who are anticipating a career in the wood and related industries. Eligible are full-time students in an accredited high school or post-secondary woodworking or related program. Post secondary schools include colleges and universities as well as trade, art and union apprenticeship school; or part-time students in an accredited post secondary woodworking or related program who are transitioning into a career in woodworking or design.

Judging is done by an independent panel of industry professionals representing manufacturing,  retail, education, design and wood related journalists. All entries are being reviewed by the judges prior to the AWFS Fair to determine the finalists to be exhibited at the show. Entries must be composed of at least 50 percent wood or wood composite, except for pieces in the “Open” category and upholstered pieces which may have a higher ratio of material.

Winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the Fresh Wood Display (North Hall,Booth 1245) at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Fresh Wood is an industry-sponsored competition. with two special awards: the Best of Show and Bravo to Teachers! awards — sponsored by Rikon Power Tool, and a People’s Choice award sponsored by the online wood crafting community, CustomMade.com.

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