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Josh Metcalf's piece which won a prize at the 2008 show.
For the last two years I’ve judged the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association show in Woodstock, Vermont. Last year it was limited to high school students but this year is a repeat of 2008 and also includes professional woodworkers based in Vermont. As well as getting your work in front of local and regional customers, there is also the possibility of getting your work in Fine Woodworking Magazine. In 2008 I spotted a beautiful tabletop dresser and mirror by Josh Metcalf. Among the joinery were two types of mitered dovetail which will be featured as a Master Class in the July/August issue of the magazine. OK, so we don’t deal in instant gratification, but James Platteter only had to wait seven months to see his spice box appear in the Readers Gallery of the last issue.
You can get full details and download an entry form at this website: http://www.vermontwooddesigns.org/2010competition.html
If you aren’t eligible to enter but appreciate beautiful furniture and are looking for an excuse to see New England in the fall, save the weekend of September 25-26th. See you in Woodstock.
James Platteter's spice box went from local show to national audience.
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Just to second Mark's view - this is a great show if you want to see beautiful custom work, and chat with some of the best makers around New England. Well worth the trip.
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