ROCKPORT — The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship announces pricing for “Maine Wood 2022.” This is the eighth exhibit in a biennial series that showcases the breadth, creativity, and excellence of Maine woodcraft. It features the work of 19 artists and artisans, selected by a distinguished independent jury from a pool of 59 entries. The exhibit includes furniture, sculpture, marquetry, turnery, sculpture and a bicycle, and is on view at the center’s Messler Gallery, 25 Mill St., through April 6.
Christina M. Vincent of North Haven received two separate awards for her contemporary “Acadia” bench. The first was “Best Original Design”, which came with a $300 cash prize sponsored by The Craftsmanship Initiative of San Francisco, California. The runner-up was “People’s Choice” (as determined by online popular voting), which netted a cash prize of $300. sponsored by the Holt & Bugbee lumber company of Tewksbury, Mass.
George Partal of Bangor also won two honors with his multimedia vessel “Sands of Time”. The first, “Best Turned Object,” came with a $300 gift certificate sponsored by Packard Woodworks, a mail-order tool company in Tryon, North Carolina. The second, “Best Use of Wood”, came with a $300 gift certificate from Rare Woods USA. , Mexico, Maine.
Saer T. Huston of Huston & Company in Kennebunkport won ‘Jury’s Best in Show’ with his ‘North Fork Coffee Table’ and received a $300 gift certificate from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Warren, Wash. Maine.
Dan Capwell from Belfast won the award for “outstanding craftsmanship” with a beautiful, fully functional wooden framed bicycle, winning a $300 gift certificate from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware of South Portland, Maine.
Kevin Rodel of Portland received the ‘Best in Furniture’ award for a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ‘Trestle Table’, which earned him a $300 gift certificate from Woodcraft of Portsmouth, NH
And, finally, John Rogers of Woolwich, named “Best New Manufacturer” for a pair of inlaid walnut side tables, received a $300 gift certificate from Tools for Working Wood, Brooklyn, NY
The show is co-sponsored by three Maine craft organizations: the Maine Craft Association, Maine Woodturners and the Maine Woodworkers Association. To view the award-winning pieces, visit woodschool.org/wood-school-gallery/maine-wood-2022/sponsors-and-awards/.
The jurors for this year’s biennale were Annie Evelyn, studio furniture maker and co-founder of Crafting the Future, Bakersville, NC; Reuben Foat, department chair, Cerritos College Woodworking, Norwalk, Calif.; and Gary Rogowski, manager of Northwest Woodworking Studio, Portland, Ore.
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