High School SkillsUSA Woodworkers in Texas - 2014.

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Blog entry by Pimzedd posted 04-04-2014 04:52 PM 4318 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Again this year, I am posting photos of the woodworking projects that were entered in the Texas SkillsUSA Skills and Leadership conference (formerly known as VICA) this past week. There were in excess of 200 projects entered. The projects were judged by a group of about 20 professional cabinet makers. The students are enrolled in Cabinet Making and Carpentry classes.

All of the students had to compete at one of 13 district competitions and receive a blue ribbon at that level to advance to state. While looking at the primary project in the photo, you can see in the bachground some of the many other projects that were entered. Projects with multiple blue ribbons were projects completed by a group of students.

This table was one of the Best of Shows.

Note the laminated curved table legs.

I was chairman of the project hall at one of the district competitions. This was our district Best of Show and it received a Best of Show at state.

This project was from our district competition. The seat lifts up for storage.

Another project from our district. The serving tray lifts off. Every other metal bar is part of the tray, the remaining bars are the top of the base.

The following projects received Best of Show ratings at state. They were from other district competitions.

Loved the carving in the headboard of this bed.

A true cabinet making project.

This group of projects was from the district competition I chaired. All blue ribbons!

I really appreciate the opportunity of supporting the hard work of a group of fine teachers and students.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 05:14 PM

This is cool. There is a lot of talent shown. That canoe sure got a lot blue ribbons.

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 06:04 PM

Very cool, I remember many many years ago when I competed in VICA in the architectural and mechanical drafting competitions. Glad to see it is still going strong.

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#3 posted 04-04-2014 07:05 PM

It’s awesome to see all that talent displayed by students. I’m glad to see a few of the woodworking programs are still going strong in this country. I feel it’s a shame they have taken it from so many schools.

Great job by all and thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 12:49 AM

It’s amazing that all of this beautiful furniture was made by high school students! Lots of talent there!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 04-05-2014 09:05 AM

Lots of very impressive work there by those youngsters. Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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