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As always, our Holiday Gift Contest brought out the best from our readers.
Our annual Holiday Gift Contest prompted some 200 entries consisting of everything from knife holders and jewelry boxes, to armoirs and afghan racks. The contest sparked some creative solutions for storage as can be seen from our winners below.
Congratulations to all and remember, we’ve got plenty more contests in the works so if you didn’t place this time, you’ll have many more chances in the year ahead.
First Prize – Jewelry “Books,” by Russ Amos
Second Prize – Curly Cherry Tool Chests, by Frank Gloeckner
Third Prize – Guitar Stand, by Kevin Vanden Akker
Kevin Vanden Akker’s guitar stand garnered extra points for creativity. One reader summed it up quite well with this remark:
“It’s awesome when you can take a utilitarian piece of stage equipment and make it a work of art.”
We couldn’t agree more. Composed of tiger maple, bubinga, and ebony, this piece is perhaps more elegant on its own, then when obscured by an instrument.
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There was little doubt in my mind who would win this contest. As soon as I saw the "Jewelry Books" piece, I told my wife this had to be the winner. Creativity and craftsmanship combined in a useful item is what we strive for. This peice went over top to become a truely unique piece.
Great job, the win is well deserved.
RE: Jewelry "Books". His quality and craftsmanship are self evident, but what impressed me most is his creativity. The ability to dream up and envision such a project is a real gift. I voted for you. Congratulations!
I was cutting some dovetails recently. Here are the tools that I use when I cut them with hand tools.
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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