WoodLINKS USA/Product Design & Development program students at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) recently received prizes for competing in the WoodLINKS, USA/International Woodworking Fair competition held last summer in Atlanta, GA.

For their acceptance into the national juried competition, and for placing fourth in the nation, Halifax County High School junior Doug Stillwell and recent high school graduates Patrick Prophet and Kenton Beard received prizes from several industry sponsors. Each student also received a tool bag stocked with hand tools, Fastcap adhesives, screw caps, and assorted woodworking accessories.

The WoodLINKS, USA/Product Design & Development program at the SVHEC also received prizes. The program has received a Kreg Tools’ Pockethole Jig & Clamp Master System, a Graco Airspray Gravity Gun and Valspar finishes and stains.

The WoodLINKS, USA/IWF national competition focused on the design and marketing of RTA wooden products. The students entered a contemporary demilune table made of natural oak and featuring curved, tapered legs with a customizable veneer top. Students used a unique system of magnets that allowed the table to snap together quickly without the use of extra tools, hardware or fasteners. The innovation in design and engineering helped the students to place fourth in the nation.

Donations from WoodLINKS USA, BHK of America, and the Halifax Industrial Development Authority allowed the students to travel to and stay in Atlanta free of charge.

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