LJ Woodworking Awards - Winter 2008 #6: And The Winners Are...

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 02-08-2008 03:02 PM 3784 reads 0 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: The Voting Is Over... Part 6 of LJ Woodworking Awards - Winter 2008 series Part 7: Interview With The Winners »

Our successful Winter 2008 LumberJocks Woodworking Awards are over so allow me to officially announce the winners. The winning projects were selected from 84 total submissions in an online voting held from Feb 1 to Feb 7. 232 votes by 121 voters were cast during this period.



1st PlaceGaryK (612 points)

2nd PlaceRyan Shervill (504 points)

3rd PlaceYorkshireStewart (301 points)



1st Place1 Box of Drawers by GaryK (391 points)

2nd PlaceNot just any box..... by Ryan Shervill (164 points)

3rd PlaceRachels Box by Andy (150 points)



1st Place(psssssst...wanna see what I made from a 2X4?) by Ryan Shervill (340 points)

2nd PlaceMy multi-purposed 2x4 entry - Welsh Stick Chair by YorkshireStewart (244 points)

3rd Place2 x 4 Birdcage with bird by GaryK (221 points)


Click here to see the complete results.


I’d like to thank our sponsors for their support once again, so here they are:

Canadian Woodworking


And here are the three lucky winners of our stylish LJ shirt (randomly selected from all the voters):

  • Dave
  • Nils
  • Copperjock

Congratulations, everyone! I’m going to PM the prize winners shortly.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY! I’m already looking forward to the next Awards edition in the summer…

45 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 03:06 PM

Congratulations to EVERYONE.. especially our Awards Recipients. They are definitely deserving of the honour.

How very exciting

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

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 03:07 PM

First of all I want to thank all of my fellow wookworkers whether you voted for my projects or not.
Just the comoraderie and enjoyment of these past few weeks makes all of us winners.

I was truly ready to concede and resign myself to Ryan Shervill winning the award. His fantastic table
is a clear winner, and his beautiful box is fantastic also. And Stewart’s amazing chair. And all the other great

I guess it’s true that you are your own worst critic. I guess my box was better than I thought at least
as judged by my peers. That’s the part that will stick with me long after this is over.

I also want to thank Martin for this website and all the work he has done putting this together.

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

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 03:11 PM

well deserved, Gary, well deserved.. and now to get your photo with your new bandsaw… we’re going to make you even MORE famous!


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

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 03:16 PM

Congratulations!! Gary……LumberJock of the moment!

A well deserved win. “You are the Man.”

Also Congratulations, Ryan….. and Stewart…. Job well DONE

And congratulations to all the other competitors as well. You all deserve to be proud of your accomplishments. And thanks to Martin for creating and allowing us here at LJ’s to have some fun with this kind of competition.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 02-08-2008 03:26 PM

Congrats to Gary, Ryan, Stewart and all the rest. That was a tough choice to make. Well done, well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-08-2008 03:30 PM

Congratulations Gary on your fine win.

Congratulation Ryan, Stewart, and Andy.

Congratulations on all of the other contestants for throwing your hat into the ring. Great work by all.

Congratulations Martin. How has the web site load meter been lately. I bet the graph is going straight uphill.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 02-08-2008 03:31 PM

The month of January has just flown by this year due to all the activity both in my workshop and via the PC, on Lumberjocks. I have said it elsewhere on this website, (the word website doesn’t do it justice does it?) but I’ll say it again; thanks to Martin, to all competitors, voters, and all who have taken an interest in this fantastic event. Thanks to all for your comments and amazing humour that has been a great feature of the competition.

It’s really special to be ‘in the company’ of the work of Gary, Ryan and others. I am greatly honoured by my third placing and second placing of my chair.

A very special thank-you to Andy who introduced me to Lumberjocks some 140 days ago. Congratulations to you, too Andy, for Rachel’s lovely box.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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Grant Davis

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#8 posted 02-08-2008 03:37 PM

Congrats guys, your work is very inspiring to the rest of us.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#9 posted 02-08-2008 03:37 PM

Great work. Congrats all.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Peter Oxley

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#10 posted 02-08-2008 03:38 PM

Congratulations to everyone – those were some beautiful and amazing projects!
And thanks to everyone – I have really enjoyed watching this contest!

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#11 posted 02-08-2008 03:43 PM

And now, when the winners get their lovely “gifts”, I look forward to seeing a REVIEW for each one!!
haha.. so much for celebrating—let’s move right into sharing :)

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

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Tim Pursell

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#12 posted 02-08-2008 04:04 PM

Congratulations to everyone that entered. There are some amazing woodworkers hanging around this site! Lots of inspiration for one and all. I really enjoyed both the entries and the comments about them . Great contest. And some great prizes!!


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#13 posted 02-08-2008 04:43 PM

Congratulations, Gary, Ryan and Stewart! You guys were really the class of the field. A great podium finish for all. I’ve never voted for anyone that won, and it’s nice to see that my top three were in the top three. My order was shuffled a bit, but looking at the fantastic work done by everyone, your stuff really did stand out!


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 02-08-2008 04:50 PM

Congratulations to all the prize winners and all those who submitted entries. I have been viewing the entries since the contest began and marvelled at the artistry, skills and creativity of all the submissions from a very competitive field of woodworkers.

Thanks for sharing your work with the rest of us.


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#15 posted 02-08-2008 04:53 PM

Congrats to Gary, Ryan and Stewart! Beautiful work from all the contestants, not just the ones named on this page! I honestly didn’t see a single piece I didn’t think was great work!

And Stewart? I agree that the word “website” just doesn’t cut it. I think of this more as a community, so that’s what I call it :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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