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Woodworking’s most innovative and exciting trade event of 2017 brings the future into focus—and the picture’s better than ever! For the products, equipment, tools and solutions that will propel your business forward, attend AWFS®Fair 2017, July 19 – 22 in Las Vegas. The industry’s expanding, we’re expanding—let us help you grow, too.

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Six students recognized with Turning to the Future awards for exceptional woodturning


(SAINT PAUL, Minn. – July 29) The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is pleased to announce the winners of the first Turning to the Future competition and juried exhibit, which promotes opportunities in woodturning and showcases student woodturning talent. Six students were recognized with awards for their remarkable woodturning work on at the AWFS®Fair, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as follows:

High School Division Winners

  • First Place: Michael Andersen, Homeschool, Chama, New Mexico, “Twisting Wings”
  • Second Place: Kailee Bosch, Poudre High School, Fort Collins, Colorado, “Discovery”
  • Honorable Mention: Miguel Ingles, Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, North Carolina, “Triple Helix”


Collegiate Division Winners

  • First Place: Carrie Etherington, Brigham Young University, Lehi, Utah, “African Box”
  • Second Place: Taima Krayem, North Bennett Street School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, “Rings Bowl”
  • Honorable Mention: Danielle Heckman, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, “Candlestick”



The winners and finalists were selected by jurors Christian Brisepierre, professional turner; Jimmy Clewes, professional turner and woodturning instructor; Linda Ferber, program director, American Association of Woodturners; Beth Ireland, professional woodturner, artist, and educator; and, Tib Shaw, curator, American Association of Woodturners. Download a brochure featuring work of the finalists.


The first place winner of each division received $500 and a RIKON 7-220VSR midilathe; second place received $100; and honorable mention received $50. Each winner will also receive a complimentary registration for AAW’s Annual International Symposium, as well as a subscription to the American Woodturner journal, the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. The lathes and cash prizes were generously donated by RIKON Power Tools.


The Turning to the Future competition was developed by the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide, and AWFS®, the largest national trade association in the U.S. representing the interests of the broad array of companies that supply the home and commercial furnishings industry. North American high school and post-secondary students who attend accredited art, design, woodworking, and trade programs were eligible to compete in Turning to the Future, and a total of 43 entries from 29 students in 12 schools across the U.S. and Canada were received.

High resolution images are available upon request at kim@woodturner.org or 651-484-9094.



The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by offering opportunities for education, information, inspiration, and community to those interested in turning wood. Established in 1986, AAW currently has more than 15,000 members and a network of over 350 local chapters globally representing professionals, amateurs, artists, hobbyists, gallery owners, collectors, and others. The AAW possesses the single largest collection of woodturning information anywhere and its journal, American Woodturner, is the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. To learn more, visit woodturner.org.


The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS), founded in 1911, is a non-profit organization that wholly owns and produces the biennial AWFS®Fair. The largest trade association serving the entire home and commercial furnishings industry, AWFS has more than 300 members, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, software, tooling, lumber, components, wood products and supplies for the woodworking industry including cabinet, furniture, millwork and custom woodworking products. To learn more, visit http://www.awfs.org/



Woodturning is a unique form of woodworking that dates back to ancient Egypt. Woodturning is done on a lathe, a machine that holds and spins wood securely while it is shaped with sharp carving tools. Historically, woodturning has been used to create functional objects like chair legs, candlesticks, and bowls. Today, latheturned work is also understood as an art form and vehicle for individual enrichment, creativity, and selfexpression. It can be found in galleries and museums around the world. Pieces may be functional, ornamental, or even sculptural. With a modest learning curve, woodturning engages people from age 8 to 108, and the skills acquired last a lifetime.





Kim Rymer

Office 651-484-9094


Canadian High School Student Takes Top Honor in Fresh Wood Student Woodworking Competition

Nearly Thirty Students Received Awards for Design and Craftsmanship


LAS VEGAS − (July 25, 2015) – Zachery Lush, a student at Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON., won The Best of Show Award, in the 2015 AWFS® Fresh Wood Competition after judges reviewed the projects of 40 finalists from 21 different high schools and colleges in the U.S. and Canada at the AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas. Twenty-six students went home with monetary prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000.

140Lush was awarded a coveted, custom veneer-marquetry sculpture made by master craftsman Paul Schürch, for his shelf Gravity (pictured left).  This was the first year for the new trophy, which will feature a sculpture made by a different woodworking artist each year. He received $1,000 and a Rikon 14” Bandsaw.  He also received First Place in the High School Open category of the competition, which included another $1,000 prize and a Certificate of Merit. The Best of Show award is sponsored by Rikon Power Tools.

Fair attendees awarded the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Wagner Meters, and 233a $500 prize to Werner Pyka from Palomar College, for his Quint-Essential federal-style gaming table (pictured right), which also won First Place in the Post-Secondary tables category.

Two teachers had multiple student winners: David Welter, College of Redwoods; Peter Boeckh, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School; Tim McNeill, Corner Canyon High School; Jack Stone, Palomar College; Keith Yow, Cedar Ridge High School.

The judging panel – consisting of Bob Barone, a luthier; Martin Goebel, owner of Goebel & Co Furniture; Daniel Hellman, co-owner of Hellman-Chang; Saul Martin, Architectural Woodworking Company; Richard A. Schroeder, Stanley Furniture and Davide Tonizzo, Design D – provided a variety of perspectives to the judging process.

First Place winners in each category and at each school level received a $1,000 prize, Second Place winners received $500 and Honorable Mention winners received $250. AWFS covers project shipping and the majority of travel and hotel costs to bring the students and their teachers to Las Vegas.

The biennial event, held as part of AWFS®Fair, attracted 169 entries from 44 different schools in the United States and Canada in 2015, which represents a 30% increase in entries from the previous competition in 2013.

High School Level First Place Winners

  • Case Goods: Isaac Lutz, Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, NC, Secret Ingredient
  • Tables: Mae Garcia, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON, Burst
  • Seating: Brittney Hoffmeier, Mustang High School, Mustang, OK, Sam Maloof Rocking Chair Replica
  • Open: Zachery Lush, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON, Gravity
  • Design for Production: Elizabeth Mawalal, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON, Kage
  • Special Theme: Musical Instruments: Sadie Chidester, Corner Canyon High School, Draper, UT, Featherprint

Post-secondary Level First Place Winners

  • Case Goods: Matthew Spallinger, University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH, Miniature Highboy
  • Tables: Werner Pyka, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, Quint-Essential
  • Seating: Austin (Tian) Yang, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, Grace Chair
  • Open: Joshua Torbick, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, Standing Wedge
  • Design for Production: Jonathan Manoles, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Bent Lounge Chair
  • Special Theme: Musical Instruments: Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney, College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, CA, Cabinetmaker’s Zither

High School Level Second Place Winners

  • Case Goods: Erik Lutz, Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, NC, Port Hole Desk
  • Tables: Daniela Karmalyuk, Dale Jackson Career Center, Lewisville, TX Nature’s Beauty Table
  • Seating: Onkar Nagra, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, ON, Eclipse
  • Open: Kayla Dean, Mustang High School, Mustang, OK, Mahogany Baby Cradle
  • Special Theme: Musical Instruments: Jake Rubisch, Corner Canyon High School, Draper, UT, Mahogany Gem

Post-secondary Level Second Place Winners

  • Tables: William Strenger, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, Arch Bridge
  • Seating: Jessica Osserman, College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, CA, Variations on a theme
  • Case Goods: Matt Mecaro, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, Krenov-Inspired Cabinet

High School Level Honorable Mention Winners

  • Case Goods: Zachary Studdard, Rolla Technical Institute, Rolla, MO, The Herring
  • Open: Alex Salzman, Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, NE, Bubinga Player
  • Special Theme: Musical Instruments: Porter Thorkelson, Corner Canyon High School, Draper, UT, Sun Burst

Post-secondary Level Honorable Mention Winners

  • Seating: Funi Ding, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, Merge
  • Design for Production: Benjamin Pedrick, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Sema Seat
  • Case Goods: Nick Weiers, Hennepin Technical College, Faribault, MN, Stereo Cabinet

Click here to see images of all 2015 Fresh Wood winners and finalists.

About AWFS®:

The full-scale international AWFS®Fair, held Wednesday – Saturday, July 22-25, 2015 in Las Vegas, has become a critical hub for international commerce in the woodworking industry. The AWFS®Fair brings together the entire home and commercial furnishings industry, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, plastics, lumber, construction materials and other suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers.

For more information on the AWFS®Fair, please visit: AWFSFair.org.

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