Congratulations to the 2016 PWM Excellence Awards Winners

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Alex Sutula, Round Seating

With so many wonderful entries within the 2016 PWM Excellence
Awards, choosing the Editors’ Alternative winners and Grand-prize
winner was extremely troublesome. All of the editors and
contributors have completely different aesthetic tastes, and the wonderful
craftsmanship displayed within the prime vote getters didn’t assist
settle the discussions. In a number of circumstances the winner was chosen
by a margin of a single vote. However decisions needed to be made, so
right here they’re: the Grand-prize winner, and the Editors’ Alternative
and Readers’ Alternative winners in every of our 5 classes.

Grand Prize

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Alex Sutula’s grand-prize profitable “Round Seating” (je additionally
made the tables proven on this picture.

Alex Sutula; Cleveland, Ohio
Round Seating;
10′ diameter x 35″

Although many emulate the organic-looking joinery of Sam Maloof’s
work, to take action on a bit of this scale? Properly, we discovered that
spectacular certainly. Plus, the seating so completely enhances
the area for which it was supposed that we have been satisfied it
was the winner. It was constructed in three items and was
assembled on-site.

Alex Sutula grew to become a full-time skilled woodworker about
eight years in the past after graduating from the College of Dayton
with a enterprise diploma. He figured it will be simpler to begin
out within the craft he loves moderately “than at some point need to stroll
away from the monetary safety and stability a extra
conventional job would supply.”

So he arrange store in a 400-square-foot storage in Cleveland and
had average success promoting work at artwork festivals across the
area. He now shares a 900-square-foot store, which supplies him
not solely more room and entry to extra instruments and equipment, however
the luxurious of somebody off whom to bounce new concepts, he says.

“I construct the way in which I do principally out of concern…I’m afraid a shopper
would see a instrument mark, a blotch of glue, inconsistent areas,
ill-fitting parts and inquire as to why it’s there? So I
find yourself placing in a whole lot of time to ensure it’s a sophisticated
piece in and out,” he says.

Packing containers & Smalls

Editors’ Alternative:
Phillip Schmidt; Los Angeles, California
Arts & Crafts Cedar Chest; 20″ d x 35-Three⁄four″ w x
21-1⁄2″ h

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Philip Schmidt’s Arts & Crafts Cedar Chest is our
Editors’ Alternative winner within the Packing containers & Smalls class

Phillip Schmidt has his daughter to thank for his award-winning
piece; she inspired him to design his personal furnishings moderately
than proceed to breed work proven in Wallace Nutting’s
“Furnishings Treasury.”

So, drawing on inspiration from the Arts & Craft custom
(and specifically the designs of Charles and Henry Greene), he
got here up with this Honduran and African mahogany chest with
ebony, basswood and .999 silver inlay. The floral inlay motif
is a nod to the designs of Harvey Ellis, however was principally
impressed by a vase in Schmidt’s home.

Schmidt caught the woodworking bug greater than 50 years in the past from
a highschool store instructor and pursued the craft in his spare
time when his day job within the aerospace trade allowed. Now
that he’s retired, he plans to take just a few woodworking lessons
(as a result of, he says, he has to meet up with his daughter’s store

Readers’ Alternative:
Kenneth Bakley, Jr.; Sewell, New Jersey
Jointer Aircraft; Three-1⁄2″ w x 23-1⁄2″ l

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Kenneth Bakley’s Jointer Aircraft garnered the Readers’ Alternative
in Packing containers & Smalls.

Kenneth Bakley started “critical” woodworking (as he calls it)
about 15 years in the past with small containers, then a transportable writing
desk, then a dovetailed step stool for his daughter. And when
potential, he started making as an alternative of shopping for instruments when he
wanted them. Bakley has made his personal mallets, marking gauges, a
instrument chest and bench, in addition to a router desk and drill
press. And not too long ago he started making planes, together with a rabbet
airplane and this walnut, maple and mahogany jointer that options
shop-made inlay.

However that’s not all builds for the store – he additionally places his
do-it-yourself instruments to work; proper now, Bakely is making a “Gwent”
recreation desk for a co-worker, based mostly on the cardboard recreation from “The
Witcher” collection by Andrzej Sapkowski.


Editors’ Alternative:
Derek Cohen; Perth, Australia
Hans Wegner’s ‘The Chair’; 30″ d x 24″ w x 20″

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Derek Cohen’s beautiful replica of Hans Wegner’s iconic
“The Chair” was the Editors’ Alternative winner in Seating.

Two of our judges referred to as the execution of this copy of an
iconic piece “good” – however what’s extra astounding is that
Derek Cohen did his with hand instruments; the manufacturing variations
have been made with equipment and specialised jigs.

The one distinction we are able to see is the seat; Wegner’s have been caned
(and a few variations had strong seats), whereas Cohen used woven
Danish wire (a fabric utilized in different Wegner items). It’s a
really beautiful homage to the influential Danish designer’s

Cohen, along with his work as a toddler psychologist, teaches
hand-tool lessons and has written numerous educational
articles, instrument evaluations and extra. He’s additionally designed a full line
of business marking knives which are made and offered by Vesper

Readers’ Alternative:
Tom Hollis; Sewell, Winston-Salem, North

Aspect Chair; 18″ d x 20″ w x 40″ h

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Tom Hollis’ facet chair is the Readers’ Alternative winner for
seating (his piece was additionally an in depth second within the editors’

Tom Hollis credit Lonnie Hen with a lot of his woodworking
success, calling him “a spectacular instructor.” That success is
on positive show on this walnut replica of an 18th-century
Pennsylvania chair with a hand-carved shell motif and
ball-and-claw ft, and a pierced and carved again splat.

Hollis, who has been a woodworker for 25 years, has designed
and constructed just a few modern furnishings items, however says he’s
most impressed and challenged by the curves and carvings of
18th-century furnishings – a glance he says feels timeless. A
major purpose with each one among his initiatives, he says, is to
stretch his expertise by studying a brand new woodworking approach.



Editors’ Alternative:
Craig Thibodeau; San Diego, California
Artwork Deco Chess Desk; 24″ d x 24″ w x 34″

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Craig Thibodeau’s Chess Desk was the clear Editors’ Alternative
winner within the Tables class (and search for an article from
Thibodeau in an upcoming challenge).

You’ve probably seen Craig Thibodeau’s work (together with this
desk) earlier than; he wrote an article on its cove-moulded profile
for Advantageous Woodworking, has had his work featured in
quite a few different magazines and has received many awards for his work,
together with grand prize within the 2016 Veneer Tech
Craftsman’s Challenge

This beautiful desk is veneered in quartersawn walnut with a
taking part in floor of walnut burl and holly veneer embellished with
ebony and holly trim, and incorporates a drawer for chess piece
storage. The walnut-veneered legs are capped with holly ft
banded with ebony string inlay to create a extra delicate really feel.

Thibodeau studied mechanical engineering in school and has
taken woodworking instruction with Paul Schurch, Patrick
Edwards and Brian Newell.

Readers’ Alternative:
Jeff Clark; Elon, North Carolina
Maloof Aspect Desk; 24″-dia. x 20″ h

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Jeff Clark’s Maloof-style Desk is the Readers’ Alternative winner
within the Tables class.

This tiger maple facet desk was impressed by the work of Sam
Maloof, who Jeff Clark counts as a major woodworking
inspiration, together with Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima,
Michael Fortune, Seth Rolland, Judson Beaumont and different fashionable

After getting hooked by his father’s restoration work and his
eighth-grade store class, Clark took numerous woodworking
lessons through the years, and served as vp of the
Piedmont Triad Woodturners Affiliation from 2011-2014. He
counts “rising to a problem” among the many issues that drive him.
So, with only some woodworking lessons below his belt, however
after studying Maloof-inspired rocker was “one of many
pinnacles of woodworking,” he signed up for a course therein.
“There have been three of us taking the course and I used to be a lot too
inexperienced and intimidated, because the others within the course have been
far more superior woodworkers,” he says. However he was the primary
to finish his rocker. That have “supplied the
confidence that I can construct something based mostly on a photograph,” Clark


Casework, Cupboards & Bookshelves

Editors’ Alternative:
John Bowling; Mechanicsville, Maryland
Half-scale William & Mary Highboy; 11″ d x 19″ w x
32″ h

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John Bowling’s half-scale William & Mary Highboy is the
Editors’ Alternative winner in Casework, Cupboards &

The one adjustments from the inspiration piece to this half-scale
tiger maple and maple burl interval highboy is the quantity and
association of the drawers within the prime part, to emulate the
smaller footprint of a spice chest. The brasses are from
Londonderry Brasses.

John Bowling started woodworking as a youngster, working within the
stair store of his father’s constructing provide and lumberyard.
After graduating from the Roberto Venn college of Luthiery in
1998, he honed his precision expertise as an acoustic guitar maker
at Collings Guitars earlier than turning to vintage restoration.

Since 2007, Bowling has owned Dellabrook Woodworking &
Restoration, the place he builds on common about 40 items for
clients per yr (this highboy is one among them), together with
restoration work.

Readers’ Alternative:
Richard Wile; Bedford, Nova Scotia
Cantilevered Evening Stand; 18″ d x 16″ w x 21″

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Richard Wile’s Cantilevered Evening Stand is the general
Readers’ Alternative winner, in addition to the class Readers’
Alternative winner in Casework, Cupboards & Bookshelves.

A customized metallic bracket with slotted holes for motion is the
magic behind the “floating prime” figured-cherry night time stands
that Richard Wile designed for his son (just one is proven
right here). The magic additionally captured the flamboyant of on-line votes – Wile
is the general winner within the Readers’ Alternative voting.

Wile has been an newbie woodworker for greater than 30 years.
Initially, he was drawn to 17th by 19th-century Western
European furnishings, however he’s spent a whole lot of time in Europe
not too long ago and now finds inspiration in modern work –
Danish fashionable specifically.


Turnings, Carvings & Objets d’Artwork

Editors’ Alternative:
James Duxbury; Graham, North Carolina
Flowing Fascination; 20″ d x 20″ w x 47″ h

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James Duxbury’s intrictae kaleidoscope, “Flowing
Fascination,” is the Editors’ Alternative winner in Turnings,
Carvings & Objets d’Artwork.

This cherry and maple floor-model kaleidoscope (that breaks
down for portability and storage) has a 30°, 60°, 90° mirror
system, 333mm eyepiece, inside lighting and a detachable,
oil-filled object cell. A crank arm rotates two units of picket
gears turning the item cell, and options an 11-position
locking elevation harp with 360° horizontal swivel. The fluted
stand incorporates a Celtic knot inlay.

James Duxbury, who first discovered woodworking from his
finish-carpenter father, was a sheet-metal employee, HVAC
contractor and properties supervisor earlier than “retiring” to his
store, the place he turns nearly every single day. He additionally holds two
patents, together with one for his Resp-O-Rator, a mouthpiece
respirator designed to perform properly even with beards, as with
ear and eye safety.

Readers’ Alternative:
Tom Kaldunski; Farmington, Minnesota
Whitetail Woodlands; 48″ w x 36″ h

Tom Kaldunski's "Whitetail Woodlands’ intarsia is the Readers' Choice winner in Turnings, Carvings & Objets d’Art.

Tom Kaldunski’s “Whitetail Woodlands’ intarsia is the
Readers’ Alternative winner in Turnings, Carvings & Objets

Tom Kaldunski designed the woodland theme for this piece, which
makes use of 19 sorts of wooden chosen for his or her numerous colours
(together with some bark for texture) that vary in thickness from
1″ to 2″. Each bit is individually reduce and formed, with
particular consideration paid to grain route to higher evoke a
pure look.

Kaldunski’s first footage in wooden have been painted plywood puzzles
he made along with his daughters. After inheriting some publications
that includes the intarsia work of Judy Gail Roberts, Kaldunksi was
impressed to mix his furniture-making and puzzle expertise and
give it a strive. He’s made greater than 50 works of intarsia since.
Although he hasn’t counted the items in “Whiteland Woodlands,”
he is aware of there are numerous. Each bit was dealt with no less than eight
occasions throughout his course of, and he spent greater than 220 hours on
the undertaking.

As I discussed above, the alternatives have been troublesome, so right here’s a
few different notable entries that have been chosen by particular person
editors and contributors for Editors’ Alternative consideration
all of the entries by clicking here

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“Tsunami,” by Michael Quattrociocchi

Art Deco club chairs by Craig Thibodeau

Artwork Deco membership chairs by Craig Thibodeau

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“Scrinium Charta,” by Barnabas Lundberg

"Opportunist,” by Joe Morgan

“Opportunist,” by Joe Morgan

"My Chair, by Michael Noll

“My Chair, by Michael Noll

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“Morgan Stand Up Desk,” by Jim Zink

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Goddard block-front chest, by Phillip Schmidt

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Copy of John and Hugh Finlay 19th Century Baltimore
Card Desk, by Daniel Santos.

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Media console, by Alex Sutula

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