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Holiday Gift Contest Winners Announced

comments (2) January 12th, 2010 in blogs

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As always, our Holiday Gift Contest brought out the best from our readers. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

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

Russ Amos' project was a perfect example of creative problem solving. In a bid to prevent his jewelry box from screaming "I contain jewels" to any would-be thieves, Amos fashioned his box in the form of a row of books.
The faux books, which were made from a variety of wood species including oak, walnut and hickory, lift up to reveal nine drawers and even a couple of hidden compartments squirreled away in the book ends.

Second Prize - Curly Cherry Tool Chests, by Frank Gloeckner


Built from a plan featured in FWW #169, Frank Gloeckner's Curly Cherry Tool Chests were constructed as Christmas gifts for his two sons. In a bid to add a bit of age to the cherry, Gloeckner sprayed it down with lye before finishing with amber shellac.
The interior of Gloeckner's chests come complete with finely finished trays and even a brass nameplate.

 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.



posted in: blogs, tool chest, Jewelry Box, holiday gift contest, guitar stand, toolchest

Comments (2)

WBGoodwin WBGoodwin writes: 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.

Bill G
Posted: 7:34 am on January 15th

jmprinzing jmprinzing writes: 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!
Posted: 10:55 am on January 13th

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