LJ Woodworking Awards - Winter 2010 #1: Announcement

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 12-04-2009 10:29 AM 2945 reads 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The LumberJocks Woodworking Awards Winter 2010 is just a month away. This year we are focusing on just one category. The goal is to highlight the creativity of all of our members (regardless of skill level) through the use of materials that are available to all woodworkers. And here it is:

Yin Yang – the dark and the light. Where would one be without the other? Create a project that uses colour (dark and light wood, stains, etc.) to convey how contrasts work together to make the whole. When you post your project describe the Yin Yang effect that you created.


1st place – $400 gift certificate & Bench Cookies by Rockler
10 runner-upsBench Cookies by Rockler

Not everyone can be “the best” but everyone do try their best. For this reason The Wood Whisperer will offer three random winners the 6-month TWW Guild membership.


The entry deadline is January 31, 2010 at 3 PM CDT and you can enter the Awards page here.

Note to twitter power users: spread the word by clicking on the blue twitter share button on the Awards page and your linked tweet will appear in the live LJ Awards twitter stream.


We usually see about 50-60 entries. Can we reach 100 entries this time? That’s the challenge ;)

Good luck!

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 11:14 AM

Thanks for the sneak preview, Martin. Sounds like a good challenge. My thinking cap is already on and I’m looking for just the right pieces of wood…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 01:07 PM

I’ve been waiting to see what winter will bring. This should be quite interesting.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 01:31 PM

Thanks again Martin. Let’s see if we can meet the challenge. Our thinking cap is now on….............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 02:04 PM

Thanks for the heads-up, Martin!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#5 posted 12-04-2009 03:27 PM

Neat! Looks like you’ve been busy as always trying to make this the best forum around! Thanks Martin!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 12-04-2009 10:34 PM

Sounds Like fun Martin can’t wait to see what pops up.


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#7 posted 12-04-2009 11:38 PM

Sounds like a cool contest. It should be interesting!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 12-05-2009 12:51 AM

hmmmmmm. . . . . . .

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#9 posted 12-05-2009 01:33 AM

is that a “hmmmmm what will I make” hmmm??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 12-05-2009 01:40 AM

Think, just need an idea, a plan, think think think!!! Aaghhh!!! Okay, I’ve got nothing. This should be interesting.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#11 posted 12-05-2009 01:44 AM

Dale—here’s an idea: black and white!! walnut and basswood; stained and natural….
did that help?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 12-05-2009 02:14 AM

Debbie, thanks for the inspiration. I get the black and white part, I just don’t know what to do with it. :) Somehow, I don’t think a plain chessboard is going to cut it for this contest.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#13 posted 12-05-2009 03:54 AM

this is a cool idea…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 12-05-2009 11:51 AM

you’re welcome Dale (big grin), hey—I can’t do ALL the work for you.
I think you are right—forget the chessboard.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 12-05-2009 01:14 PM

This is a wonderful idea for the contest. I hope I will have something to enter. I’m not very creative, but my oldest son is an art director in a advertising agency, so my first thought was to get an idea from him, but I promise I won’t do that. If I manage to make an entry it will be my own idea for better or worse.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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