During my days as a woodworking magazine editor I attended AWFS only once, even though the show happens every other year. At the event I attended, I have to say that I was blown away by the student exhibit, which is nowadays known as Fresh Wood. (It may have had the same name back then, too.) In fact, after the competition the magazine for which I worked included an article by one of the students selected to exhibit in Las Vegas at the show.
I have not yet seen what the students brought to the AWFS event this year, but I know it has to be outstanding. Why? You may have heard that I am one of the woodworking judges in General Finishes’ 2017 Design Challenge (read more about the contest). We judges received an email stating, “After spending time at the AWFS show in Las Vegas, Chris has decided to modify the Junior Woodworking category to accommodate students.” Chris Adams is the Wood Finishing Technical Writer at General Finishes, and heads up the contest. To modify the contest must mean that she was duly impressed with what was on exhibit at the show. I hope many of the students invited to Las Vegas also enter General Finishes Design Challenge.
If you were or were not invited to share your work at AWFS 2017, there’s still an opportunity to show your stuff. Jot down your finishing techniques, snap a couple of photos and jump over to contest.generalfinishes.com/enter to get your project into the mix. And by the way, you don’t have to be a student to enter the contest and win prizes.