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These Woodworkers Made 38 Custom Wood Stools, Now Vote For Your Favorites

by Mark Stephens | November 12th, 2014
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UPDATE: We Have a Winner

Congratulations to John Beck, creator of Stool 101! He’s won this “round” of voting in the stool contest.

Tonight we’ll have a separate vote during the reception which will decide the winners of the tool packages and other prizes. Come to Practical Art at 7:00 pm (late is okay, come before 8:00 pm to participate in the live vote) tonight.

Come See The Exhibit In Phoenix

Friday November 14, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Practical Art
5070 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 264-1414

The 38 entries in this woodworking contest are made by Arizona woodworkers who have spent months creating custom wood sitting stools of all shapes and sizes. On November 14, we’re having a maker’s reception at Practical Art in downtown Phoenix. We’d like to award them some prizes, but need your help deciding.

We will have a voting system in place that night – anyone who comes can check out the entries and cast their votes for their three favorites. We’ll award prize packages of woodworking tools based on that vote.

But if you can’t come that night, we’ve set up this separate poll just for you. The winner here will get ag. We’re having a different vote Friday night for the other prizes. Be mindful of what you see here, we’re only giving you three votes and no more. Pretty simple, right? You get three pictures of each project to help form your opinion, so click ‘em to zoom.

Results display on the right.

To cast your vote for a stool, send a text message. Here’s how:

  1. Pick a stool to vote for.
  2. Send a text message to 22333 with the stool code below each picture (ex: STOOL305)
  3. Send one text message for each stool you choose
  4. Repeat until you’ve voted for your three favorites!
  5. This voting closes at Noon November 14, 2014 (at the reception, different voting takes place starting at 7:00 pm)

Spread the joy, people . . . yes you get three votes, but you may only vote once per stool.

Go ahead and share your thoughts in the comments at the bottom, too.

Voting Results

Ends 12:00 pm (noon) Nov. 14, 2014
Click Here to Show Final Results

Results here are audited and final. Congratulations to John Beck, creator of Stool 101

Visit The Exhibit of Custom-Made Wood Sitting Stools by Arizona Woodworkers

by Mark Stephens | October 23rd, 2014
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bassam-fellows-tractor-2If you enjoy marveling at beautiful custom hand-made woodworking projects, you’ll get a kick out of this exhibit. For the last few months, woodworkers all over Arizona have been working hard on crafting wood sitting stools of any design, shape, and style for our woodworking contest.

This exhibit is open to the public, and you’re invited to check it out.

You’ll be dazzled by the variety of interpretations, choices of designs, and skillful uses of woods that each participant put effort into. In fact, you’ll be asked to cast your vote for your favorites, in turn we’ll award prizes to the top entries.

Come check it out:


Friday November 14, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Practical Art
5070 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 264-1414


Enter Your Woodwork in The 2015 Excellence in Woodworking Show

by Mark Stephens | October 21st, 2014
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The 2015 Excellence in Woodworking Show is making a special emphasis call for entries in the category for toys. Projects of all kinds are accepted (furniture, turnings, etc.), but toys are the featured category.

Unlike trade shows, the Excellence in Woodworking show is more like a celebration of the craft, art, and science of woodworking and presented by the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers. It features a large display of superior completed projects from bowls and keepsake boxes to tables and rocking chairs, all handmade by woodworkers from all over Arizona.

If you’re in the area, why not be one of them?

You can enter your woodwork into the juried contest for a shot a blue ribbon, a prize, or legendary status with fame and fortune. Consider building a keepsake box, turning a bowl, or creating an heirloom-quality piece of furniture for entry in to the show.

There’s a special emphasis on the category of wooden toys at the 2015 show, so if you’re out of ideas, build a toy.

While the event is presented by the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers, you don’t need to be a member to enter the exhibit.

Excellence in Woodworking Show
February 13-15, 2015

Mesa Centennial Hall
Mesa Convention Center
201 N. Center Street Mesa, Arizona

Details >>>  |  Registration >>>

Gallery of Projects from 2014 Show

Not all projects are shown. Photos provided by the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers