RUTLAND - The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) has announced its 2011 Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition.
The competition is open to woodworkers with all different skill levels in Vermont and is divided into three sections: professional, apprentice and student. The competition entries will be judged separately in their respective level. The professional competition will be further divided into submission categories: Production Furniture, Custom or Studio Furniture, Production Woodenware, Custom Woodenware, and Carvings/Sculptural. Students will enter as a Beginner woodworker or an Advanced Woodworker.
The competition will be held at the Union Arena, in conjunction with the 8th Annual Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival on Sept. 24-25.
Woodworkers will bring their piece(s) to the competition, and the judges will be on-site at the fine furniture and foliage weekend. The student entries will first go through a photo judging process to select finalists who will then be notified to have their project on exhibit at the Woodworking Festival for final judging. Each piece entered will be viewed and evaluated based on quality of craftsmanship and integrity of design by a team of industry professionals.
An evening award reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Union Arena for entrants and invited guests. The VWMA is currently collecting prizes for the winners of each competition. Previous prize sponsors are Rockler Woodworking & Hardware, Fine Woodworking Magazine, and Kreg Tools. The first-place prize for the student level will be a partial scholarship to Burlington College's Associate of Arts program in Craftsmanship and Design.
For more information and to enter download the entry form available at www.vermontwooddesigns.org. Entry deadlines vary by section so please refer to the entry forms for specific submission details. There is a fee only for professional entrants. Student and apprentice entry fees have been waived.
There are eligibility requirements for each section, so people should refer to the entry forms to review those requirements. Any questions can be directed to the VWMA office at (802) 747-7900 or by email: email@example.com.