April 19th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
2011 marks 15 years since the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition began as a modest idea back in 1996. With Vermont being the Fine Furniture Capital of America it was felt that we needed additional venues to showcase the beauty and diversity of Vermont's wooden wares and the people who create them.
Although Vermont is perhaps most famous for our high end, luxury, custom studio furniture, the design competition is set up to include all types of Vermont woodworkers in areas such as: carvings, sculptural, production furniture, turnings, jewlery, kitchen accessories and more. Entries are separated into students and professionals and can be submitted here.
We've had the pleasure and privilege of attending all of the design competitions and the concurrent Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festivals over the years and I have to say they keep getting better every year. Many of our friends and colleagues have been awarded prizes including Robin Chase, Arthur Weitzenfeld, Daniel Omondi, Rick Schneider, Breeze Verdant and others.
Both the design contest and the furniture festival take place annually at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT and this year the date is September 24-25, 2011.
If you're a Vermont woodworker you HAVE to check it out. And if you're looking to purchase fine handmade furniture or just spend a day running your fingers across it, mark your calendar now. You'll be glad you did.