The category winners in the San Diego County Fair’s Design in Wood contest included Temecula craftsmen William Bardick, Pete Campbell and Robert Kerr.
Bardick was awarded first place in the Contemporary Woodworking – Furniture category. Campbell took first place in the Wood Turning – Face Work: Perpendicular to the Ways of the Lathe class. Kerr had the highest-placing Clocks entry.
Bardick’s creation was titled “Six Drawers & a Mirror.” The six drawers are part of a dresser with the mirror on top. The dresser was made from mahogany, maple and purpleheart wood.
Campbell won his first-place award for “Burley McBurlface,” which used maple burl. Burl is twisted or curled grain. Normally a hole is drilled in the top to hollow out the wood for crafting. Campbell turned the burl, which also had a natural hole on the side, into a sphere. If the burl sphere is solid other than the hole on the top it can be used as a vase or liquid container.
Kerr’s clock was titled “Arts & Crafts Mantel Clock.” It is made of red oak and walnut and has a clock on the top half and a color design on the bottom half.
Bardick and Kerr had one entry apiece. Campbell entered three pieces in the San Diego County Fair exhibit. “Jade” was also entered in the Wood Turning – Face Work: Perpendicular to the Ways of the Lathe category and the maple burl sphere was given an honorable mention ribbon. Campbell took fourth place in the Wood Turning – Center Work: Parallel to the Ways of the Lathe class for “Pino Colada,” which is an oblique spheroid with a hole on top and was made from pine wood.
Temecula woodworker Kyle Toth entered “The Torus” in the Wood Turning – Laminated/Segmented class and was given second place for his ring which was made of bocote and ash. He also was given honorable mention distinction in Contemporary Woodworking – Furniture for “Mandela Dining Table,” which is made of ash and black dyed veneer and is a round dining table with a round base. Toth did not place in the Contemporary Woodworking – Accessories category for “Mirage,” which is a mirror with a zebra wood and black dyed veneer frame.
Antonio Barrios of San Jacinto had two entries in the Wood Carving – Human Form class. Barrios received fourth place for “Dragon Soldier.” which is a statue of a soldier in a dragon helmet. Barrios was awarded an honorable mention ribbon for “Julia the Dragon Killer,” which is an image of a girl with dragon armor. Both of Barrios’ displays were made from bass wood.
Mark Jones of Temecula had the third-place Wood Turning – Laminated/Segmented product; “Sisters (pair)” consists of two platters and is from walnut, maple and birch. Jones also had two entries which did not place. “Cut It Thin to Win” was in the Wood Turning – Face Work: Perpendicular to the Ways of the Lathe class and is a rectangular dish with a round depressed storage area made from cocobolo wood. “A Ring of Honor” was entered in the Wood Tuning – Embellished/Mixed Media category and utilized elm for a bowl.
The Design in Wood entries also included a padauk, purpleheart and maple vase created by Temecula 18-year-old Nathan Botello, although “The Carnival” did not place in the Wood Turning – Laminated/Segmented category.