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Well, well, well. Some of y’all have a vastly different idea of what belongs in a living room than I do. 🙂

You folks really knocked it out of the park this time with a record-setting 199 entered projects, and everything from traditional end tables to abstract wall hangings. What an awesome collection handcrafted woodwork in one spot!

We had a great evening with a live awards event and a live jazz band to set the mood for a chill happy hour of food, drink, and admiration of almost 200 wood projects under one roof.

We’re really thrilled when so many of you marshal what it takes to submit a project to our contest. I know that it’s more than a little nerve-wracking to share a wood project with total strangers because you’ve poured a lot of love, energy and time into making it happen.

But because you did, you’ve played a big part in what makes this event so fun and unique.

So here are a few photos of the top voted projects and a couple others that I think deserve a nod.

Give these folks a good old fashioned “congrats” for a job well done.

– Mark

How Did The Voting Work?

Voting, Not Judging

Voting is open to anyone who comes to browse the projects in person

Pick 5

The vote ballot simply asks for your personal favorite 5 projects. You decide what you like for your own reasons

Rank By Count

We add up the number of votes for each project, and sort them for the top 10 voted projects

1st Place – $500
“Tribute to Music” by Bill Raymond

This sophisticated wall sculpture has it all: a one-of-a-kind design that fuses the sinuous shapes found in a harp, piano and guitar, brass inlays, wild angles, delightful contours, beautiful wood selections, and a perfect polish.

Sapele, curly maple, ebony & bubinga

2nd Place – $300
“1951 Ford Pickup Truck” by Kerry Jackson

The amount of detail work involved in making a replica 50’s-era truck captured the attention of a lot of people who visited the show. Kerry made one amazing piece of art.

Birch, walnut

3rd Place – $100
“Elk on The Mountain” by Dawn Martin

And the great state of Arizona gets a little nod in the top 3! Life in Flagstaff, AZ inspired Dawn to craft this 330-piece intarsia scene of snow-capped San Francisco Peaks (Humphrey’s, Agassiz, and Fremont) and some of the critters you might get to see in the area.

Maple, purple heart, poplar, zebrawood, walnut, mahogany, sapele, cherry, wenge

Honorable Mentions

Mark’s Mentions

There are always a few projects that I want to call out because, for one reason or another, they resonated with me. We’ve all got our own ideas of what is or isn’t living room art…. I’m going with something like these.

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