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Fresh Wood


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YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. The best of woodworking’s next generation is celebrated at the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition—and you can see all the finalists at the AWFS®Fair. Outstanding construction and design achievements by students from leading high school and post-secondary woodworking programs in North America will be prominently displayed at the show, and winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony at the Fresh Wood Display. Put the Fresh Wood Competition on your must-see list.

AWFS® sponsors the biennial Fresh Wood woodworking competition for high school and post secondary students in conjunction with the AWFS Fair for the purpose of showcasing student woodworking talent and introducing students who are interested in woodworking careers to the industry and to a national trade show.

Call for 2017 Fresh Wood Entries

See the 2017 Call for Entries Press Release

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Full-time degree, diploma, or certificate-seeking students in an accredited high school or post secondary school woodworking or related industry program in North America AND Part-time degree or certificate-seeking students in an accredited post secondary school woodworking or related industry program in North America and who are transitioning into a career in woodworking or design are eligible, and are encouraged to submit their work for the 2017 competition. Post-secondary schools include colleges and universities as well as trade, art, and union apprenticeship schools. There is no entry fee.

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Contest Entry Information:


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 2015 Fresh Wood information

The 2015 Fresh Wood Best of Show Trophy,
created by Paul Schürch
Read the press release

Check out student resumes, items available for purchase and business opportunities

Thank you to our 2015 Fresh Wood sponsors

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Best of Show Award Sponsor People’s Choice Award Sponsor

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SPECIAL:Rikon Power Tools sponsors Student-Made Bandsaw at the AWFS Fair


2015 Press Releases

Canadian High School Student wins Fresh Wood Best of Show

AWFS Announces New Look for Fresh Wood Trophy

AWFS Announces Fresh Wood Judging Panel

Fresh Wood Features New Categories; Woodcraft Continues Donation Campaign

Past Fresh Wood Photos

The Fresh Wood competition has grown considerably since its inception in 1999. Click on the links below to see images of winning projects from past competitions: 2015 | 2013 | 2011 | 2009 | 2007 | 2005 | 2003 | 2001 | 1999.

Take Fresh Wood Home With You

Order past editions of the fresh wood collection today! The full color photographs and narratives of each finalist and winner of the Fresh Wood student competition are featured in a contemporary soft cover publication.

The most recent editions, fresh wood v.6 (from 2013) and fresh wood v.5 (from 2011) can be ordered on (see links below).

fresh wood v.4 (2009) is sold on for $44.99 and up (plus shipping, different cover options available) HERE!

(Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are sold out and no longer in production.)

Donate to Fresh Wood!

By shopping at and adding a Fresh Wood donation to your purchase, you can help offset the costs to ship the finalist projects to the AWFS Fair and provide student travel and hotel allowances. Click on the Woodcraft logo below to donate. Thank you for your support!


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