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National Student Woodturning Competition Finalists Announced

Tuesday, June 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
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National Student Woodturning Competition Finalists Announced
 
(ST. PAUL, Minn. - June 6, 2017) The American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide, is proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 Turning to the Future student competition. The finalists, 19 students from eight high schools and seven colleges, will have their work exhibited at the 2017 AWFS® Fair, in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19-22, 2017.

High School Finalists
  • Ryan Austin, Segmented Bowl; Francis Parker School, Instructor: Barry Cheskaty, San Diego,CA
  • Vince Cianfichi, Segmented Football; North Pocono High School, Instructor: Brian Koelsch, Covington Township, PA
  • Judah Costello, Flaming Goblets; North Salem High School, Instructor: Andrew Chidwick, Salem, OR
  • Colin Davis, Knot What I Expected; Cedar Ridge High School, Instructor: Keith Yow/Carmine Prioli, Hillsborough, NC
  • Justin Fiaschetti, 777 and African Vase; Delaware Regional High School, Instructor: Josh Paul, Frenchtown, NJ
  • Misha Finley, Unity; North Salem High School, Instructor: Andrew Chidwick, Salem, OR
  • Todd Halleman, Curly Maple Platter and Bimblebox; Newberg High School, Instructor: Bailey Field, Newberg, OR
  • Tristan McIntyre, Pierced Bowl; Red Creek Central, Instructor: Mike Malecki, Red Creek, NY
  • Vivek Patel, The Crimson Phoenix; Mustang High School, Instructor: Michael McGarry, Mustang, OK
  • Bryce Phillips, Inside-Out Lamp; Red Creek Central School District, Instructor: Mike Malecki, Red Creek, NY
 
Post-Secondary Finalists
  • Ian Anderson, Memory Urn and Island Dish; Brigham Young University, Instructor: Kip Christensen, Provo, UT
  • Kailee Bosch, emp(tea); Colorado State University, Instructor: Mark Dineen, Fort Collins, CO
  • Robert Caridi, Limits; Northern Michigan University, Instructor: Edward Ross, Marquette, MI
  • Amy Costello, Sunflower Serving Platter; Brigham Young University, Instructor: Kip Christensen, Provo, UT
  • Scott Davies, Scoop and Nesting Instinct; Brigham Young University, Instructor: Kip Christensen, Provo, UT
  • Lila Ferber, Side-Winder and Rainbow Top Set; Kansas City Art Institute, Instructor: Michael Wickerson, Kansas City, MO
  • Tyler Gaston, Twisted and Arrival; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Instructor: B.A. Harrington, Indiana, PA
  • Brandon Lucus, Patience; Western Piedmont Community College, Instructor: James Ellis, Morganton, NC
  • Emily MacCloud, Cloud Table and Bench; Rhode Island School of Design, Instructor: Tyler Inman, Providence, RI
"Encouraging and supporting the next generation of woodturners is a key part of the American Association of Woodturners' mission," states Linda Ferber, AAW program director. "The AAW offers a number of free and low-cost resources for both students and instructors, including free memberships and curriculum materials."

The Turning to the Future competition was open to all high school students and all post-secondary students in full-time design, manufacturing, art, or woodworking-related programs, and was held in conjunction with the AWFS® Fair's Fresh Wood woodworking competition.

Entries were selected based design innovation or quality of execution of a known style, craftsmanship, functionality, craftsmanship, and aesthetics. Final selections will occur at AWFS®Fair. All winners of the student competition will be announced Friday, July 21 at the Student Awards Reception on the show floor stage.

First place winners for each of the two categories (Open and Functional) within each of the two divisions (High School and Post-Secondary) will receive $500, and second place winners will receive $100. Additionally, the best in show winners for each of the two divisions will receive a JET 1221VS lathe, donated by The Woodworker's Emporium, in Las Vegas.

The student work will be on display at the AWFS® Fair, a tradeshow for the home and commercial furnishings industry, which includes manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, construction materials and other suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers, and custom woodworking fields. The event draws estimated 15,500 attendees annually.

Finalist selections were made by Beth Ireland, MFA. Beth Ireland Woodworking specializes in architectural and artistic woodturning. Ireland teaches the three-month Woodturning Intensive at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and is an exhibiting artist. Ireland also founded "Turning Around America," which provides woodworking and community skills-building projects in a mobile shop since 2010. She lives and works in Roslindale, MA.

ABOUT WOODTURNING
Woodturning is a contemporary craft with roots dating back over 2,500 years. The process involves a lathe, a machine that securely holds and spins wood at high speeds, wherein artists and craftspeople shape objects using specialized gouges and chisels. Traditionally, woodturning has been used to create functional items, such as chair legs, candlesticks, and bowls. Today, lathe-turned work is also understood as an art form and vehicle for individual enrichment, creativity, and expression, and embraces diversity in both genre and makers. The objects produced are just as varied as the people who turn them. From functional objects, like bowls, to abstract sculptural forms, woodturning may include surface carving, embellishment, and finishing techniques, and specialized methods such as segmented, multi-axis, ornamental, pen turning. The art and craft of woodturning has a modest learning curve and engages people from age 8 to 108. Learn more about woodturning.

ABOUT THE AAW
The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by offering opportunities for education, information, inspiration, and community to those interested in turning wood. Established in 1986, AAW currently has more than 15,000 members and a network of over 350 local chapters globally representing professionals, amateurs, artists, hobbyists, gallery owners, collectors, and others. The AAW possesses the single largest collection of woodturning information anywhere and its award-winning journal, American Woodturner, is the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. To learn more, visit woodturner.org.

ABOUT THE AWFS® FAIR
The full-scale international AWFS® Fair, scheduled for July 19-22, 2017 in Las Vegas, has become a critical hub for international commerce. The AWFS® Fair brings together the home and commercial furnishings industry, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, construction materials and other suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers, and draws an estimated 15,500 attendees. For more information about AWFS® Fair, visit awfsfair.org.

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