Entries are being accepted for the popular Young Woodworking Professionals competition, which recognizes outstanding projects and the young wood pros that created them. The free competition kicks off Young Woodworking Professionals week, Woodworking Network's salute to woodworkers ages 18-35, which takes place Jan. 8-12.
The Young Wood Professionals program was an instant hit last year - possibly because it is so easy to join in: you just post a wood project you've done, using the hashtag #YWPweek. We put finalists on Facebook to narrow the field to 5, and the finalist chosen by the editors wins the Young Wood Professionals award, and gets invited to our Pasadena, CA awards gala in March 2016!
Martin Goebel.of Goebel Furniture wins the 2014 Young Woodworking Professional of the Year award, for a table created from World War II surplus, aircraft-grade Sugar pine, purchased at auction from a 103 year old former Pipe Organ - which re-tooled during WW II for military component production.
Founded in early 2013, the Northeast Minneapolis makerspace, Nordeast Makers, operates as a membership-based wood shop. For a monthly fee of $200, members gain 24/7 access to a full suite of manufacturing equipment and one-on-one training with shop professionals.
Minnesota woodworker Brian Grabski builds custom kitchens, cabinets, mantelpieces and home theaters. A member of makerspace Nordeast Makers, Grabski says collaboration has been essential throughout his career.