America’s Top Shops Contest

CONTEST COMPLETED
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
"TOP SHOPS"      "GREAT IDEAS"


The competition:
Show us your "idea-filled" workshop.

Background:
Great problem-solving ideas make for a great workshop, and the more original ideas a shop contains, the better chance it has at winning one of the top prizes in this year's contest. Prizes will also be awarded for excellent individual shop ideas. This contest is all about hardworking workshops that feature problem-solving storage, sensible floor plans, innovative jigs -— the kind of ideas that make other woodworkers say “Wow!” The size of the shop does not matter. A small, hardworking shop that gets the most out of every square inch of shop space is just as likely to win as a large shop. The shops can favor a special area of woodworking, such as furniture making, turning, carving, antique furniture restoration, etc.

Eligibility:
Amateur craftsmen who work in home shops (typically one-person) are invited to enter this contest. Articles about their shops must not have been previously published. An amateur, for contest purposes, is someone who makes less than 25% of his or her income from the sale of their work.


Judging criteria:
Entries will be judged on the basis of design innovation, originality, problem-solving skills and functional efficiency. The judges' decision will be final.

Timeline:

The contest closed on November 15, 2008.






The prizes:
The following prizes, provided by Woodcraft, will be awarded at the judges' discretion:
  • "Top Shop" -- 1st Place - $500 Woodcraft Gift Certificate
  • "Top Shop" -- 2nd Place - $250 Woodcraft Gift Certificate
  • "Top Shop" -- 3rd Place - $100 Woodcraft Gift Certificate
  • "Great Idea" Winners (4 unique ideas will be selected) - $100 Woodcraft Gift Certificate
  • plus..."COMPLIMENTARY PRIZES" - All entrants will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Woodcraft Magazine.

    All entries, including "Top Shop" winners and "Great Idea" winners, are eligible to be published in future issues of Woodcraft Magazine.


    The judges:
  • Paul Anthony is a woodworking editor and author of three woodworking books, including Smart Workshop Solutions.
  • Craig Bentzley is a respected woodworker and author of many magazine articles on hand tools, furniture construction and finishing. He is a regular contributor to Woodcraft Magazine.
  • Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk is Senior Editor of Woodcraft Magazine.
  • Jim Harrold is Editor-in-Chief of Woodcraft Magazine.




    CONTEST COMPLETED
    AND THE WINNERS ARE...
    "TOP SHOPS"      "GREAT IDEAS"

         


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