— An ornate pearwood jewelry box by Glendale, CA, artist Nairi Safaryan won first prize in a Carving Artistry Contest sponsored by Woodcraft and Pfeil. He will receive a 4-day/3-night trip for two to Brienz, Switzerland, and private carving lessons with master carver Paul Fuchs at the Kantonale Schnitzlerschule Brienz woodcarving school.

Second place went to Roger Strautman from Woodburn, IN, for “The Shroud,” a chip-carved cross with carved wooden linen. Strautman wins a Pfeil “Swiss Made” Brienz Collection boxed carving set.

“We were overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the submissions we received for this contest,” said Jeff Forbes, president of Woodcraft Supply LLC. “This effort truly confirms that world-class woodworking is being conducted in home workshops all across America.”

More than 370 woodworkers submitted entries to this year’s contest. Submissions are available for review at

Woodcraft Supply is one of the nation’s largest suppliers of woodworking tools and supplies. Woodcraft stores are located in more than 70 major metropolitan areas across the United States.

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