Will a Quartersawn Oak & Basswood Classroom Win?
October 14, 2013 | 2:48 pm CDT
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  Entries are now being accepted in the 2013 Custom Woodworking Design Portfolio Awards. The oak elements in this classroom were milled, carved, manufactured and finished by Mountaineer Wood Industries (MWI) of French Creek, WV. MWI entered this project for the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning, Swiss Nationality Room in the 2013 Custom Woodworking Business Design Portfolio. The design is based on the 15th century Landesmuseum classroom in Zurich, Switzerland.

The classroom features four 14’ trestle tables and 26 "Stabellen" chairs, representing Switzerland's four linguistic regions and 26 "Cantons", or states. There are six chairs to each table. The 26 chair backs are carved and painted with the ancient symbols of the 26 Cantons that form the confederation of Switzerland. The teacher’s lectern is made of solid quartersawn white oak with a hand carved/painted Swiss federation shield. The room also features a beamed and carved-end ceiling; wall paneling and 70 feet of carved and painted basswood frieze work.

MWI has provided quality custom furniture since its founding in 1978, creating everything from cabinets and bookshelves to chairs, tables, bread boards, chests and benches. MWI works with a variety of woods; including sustainable Appalachian hardwoods like cherry, oak, black walnut and curly maple.

21st Design Portfolio Now Open
• residential furniture, freestanding
• residential furniture, built-in
• architectural millwork
• commercial/institutional
• kitchen/bath cabinets
• countertop/solid surface
• specialty products

Deadline: November 15, 2013

Winners will be featured in a special December digital edition of Custom Woodworking Business as well as in the January 2014 print issue and will be celebrated at the only national live industry design awards ceremony, to be held during the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ, April 9-11. Check the Cabinets & Closets Expo site for more show details on the event.

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