December 2, 2011 - April 6, 2012 (view images)
Maine Wood 2012 showcases original work by Maine studio furniture makers, turners, carvers and sculptors that exhibits excellence in craftsmanship and design, uses wood as the primary material, and was made within the past five years. This is the third juried Maine Wood biennial hosted by the Center to demonstrate the breadth, creativity, and excellence of wood craftsmanship in the state of Maine.
“The number and quality of submissions were off the scale this year,” says Peter Korn, Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. “I only regret that we have exhibition space for just 21 (pictured below) pieces out of the 113 entries. The excellence of the work is a powerful confirmation of the vitality of woodworking in Maine.”
More than $2,000 in prizes were generously donated by corporate sponsors amd awarded at the opening reception. They include gift certificates from Maine Coast Lumber for ‘Best New Maker’; from DMT Diamond Whetstones for ‘Best Original Design’; from Rare Woods for ‘Best Use of Wood’; from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for ‘Jurors’ Best in Show’; from Certainly Wood for ‘Exceptional use of Veneer’; from Fat Andy’s Hardwoods for ‘Outstanding Craftsmanship’; and from Woodcraft of Newington for ‘Best in Furniture.’ There is also a cash prize from Holt & Bugbee for ‘People’s Choice.’ Award-winning entries will travel to the Center for Maine Craft in Gardiner where they will be on display from May 3 to June 27, 2012. Click here to view a complete list of prizes and award winners.
In addition, many of Maine’s leading craft associations are co-sponsors of Maine Wood. These include the Guild of Maine Woodworkers, Kennebec Valley Woodworkers Association, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Woodturners, Maine Woodworkers Association, and Western Mountain Woodturners.
Jurors for this year’s biennial were Tom Caspar, editor of American Woodworker magazine in Eagan, MN; Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, President of the North Bennet St. School, in Boston, MA; and Yuri Kobayashi, instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, RI.