AWFS Fresh Wood Award

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I was asked to create the 2021 Fresh Wood Best of Show Trophy. I am so honored to be in the company of those who have made them before me: Sam Maloof, Garry Knox Bennett, Paul Schürch, and Judson Beaumont.

I completed the sculpture and it’s on its way to AWFS which I will be presenting on Thursday 22nd.

Entitled Pursuit, this sculpture is made of domestic curly maple, FRP, and 24k gold leaf. Its circular form represents the evolution of a woodworker’s career: a continuous search to create something unique, reaching for one’s personal gold standard of accomplishment in craftsmanship and design. The interior “bark” adds whimsey and interest: bark could never be bent in such a way, and woodworkers in-the-know will be captivated by it and possibly mystified. I created it by taking a mold off real bark, casting it in FRP, applying it to the interior curve, and painting it to appear real.

HERE is how I made it

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#1 posted 07-09-2021 01:46 AM

you sir inspire me too be better and reach for the are what i would call a wood artist at the highest level,something i can only strive for.the vid was great to say the least.when they wanted a special trophy they picked the best person possible.congrats.

ps-if this doesn’t get the editors choice award then no one should.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 07-09-2021 03:36 AM

Beautiful trophy, great design, will be well received, I’m sure…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 07-09-2021 04:44 AM

Would love to have something like that setting in my house. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 07-09-2021 08:36 AM

A truly beautiful piece. I too would love to be the recipient of this trophy!

-- Brian in Texas

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#5 posted 07-09-2021 08:54 AM

That is a work of Art. Thanks for posting

-- Petey

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#6 posted 07-09-2021 12:04 PM

A truly beautiful piece of Art.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 07-09-2021 12:41 PM

Very nice!

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#8 posted 07-09-2021 01:14 PM

Beautiful and inspirational work.

-- Ron Stewart

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#9 posted 07-09-2021 10:06 PM

Congrats on being selected and the piece you did is beautiful!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#11 posted 07-14-2021 11:50 AM


The ‘bark’ definitely got my attention! It’s like you magically turned a tree inside out…
Special thanks for the video link, showing us how you created this fantastic piece!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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