Contest closed: October 15, 2012.

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The competition:
Make an ornament. For the purposes of this contest, an ornament is a purely decorative object of a weight and mass that could reasonably be hung on a Christmas tree, though it may be freestanding rather than hanging. It may be turned or fabricated, or any combination of the two, but it must show evidence of lathe turning. Digitally-controlled construction or decorative technologies and processes are not allowed, although analog processes such as ornamental lathes and rose engines are permitted. The primary material should be wood, but, other materials, natural or man-made, may be incorporated into the construction. Additionally, the ornament may be decorated in any way you desire.

Entries must have been created in calendar year 2012 and may not have been published online or in print, nor entered in any other competitions. Each entry must be the sole work of a single contestant; no collaborations will be accepted.

Only amateur woodworkers are eligible to enter this contest. An amateur, for contest purposes, is someone who makes less than 25% of his or her income from the sale of their work, and from teaching and/or demonstrating woodworking or woodturning.

Judging criteria:
Judging was based on originality, craftsmanship, and overall aesthetic appeal, with additional weight given to technical difficulty. Hanging stands will not be included in the judging.

The prizes:
The following prizes, provided by Packard Woodworks, Inc., were awarded
  • 1st Place - $300 Packard Woodworks Gift Certificate
  • 2nd Place - $200 Packard Woodworks Gift Certificate
  • 3rd Place - $100 Packard Woodworks Gift Certificate
  • Runners-Up and Honorable Mentions (10) - $25 Packard Woodworks Gift Certificates
The judges:
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Kurt Hertzog
A professional woodturner, demonstrator and teacher, Kurt Hertzog enjoys the continuum of woodturning from making his own turning tools to photographing his finished turnings. Kurt is a regular feature columnist for both Woodturning Design and Woodturning magazines, one of the five Council Members of the Pen Makers Guild and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Woodturners. His work has been featured in the American Association of Woodturners "Rounding The Corners" Exhibit and published in Woodturning Design, American Woodturner, Woodturning, Pen World, and Stylus magazines.

Cindy Drozda
Cindy Drozda, of Boulder Colorado, is a full-time wood artist who has worked with wood professionally age 19. A turner since 1985, Cindy's elegant lidded vessels with delicate finials bring a contemporary flair to classic forms. Her work been featured at juried shows and exhibitions in the US and has been published in several books. Cindy shares her woodturning knowledge and passion as a demonstrator, teacher, writer, and producer of instructional DVDs, and has taught in Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and at symposia and clubs across the US. She is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, the American Craft Council, and four AAW chapters.

Dick Sing
Dick Sing's passion for woodturning became an obsession after he retired from General Motors, where he worked in tool-and-die and quality control. Dick, who lives in Joliet, IL with his wife Cindy, is the author of nine books and many magazine articles on the art of woodturning, and has traveled extensively in the U.S. and several foreign countries teaching and demonstrating woodturning. He says, "I have always been in tune to precision and detail. I am, however, firmly convinced that it is very difficult to create something outstanding from something simple. No matter how much ornamentation may be added to an object, pure form is what makes the piece a work of art and collectible. Good form is ageless; it will look as good in years to come as it does today."

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