2016 Design Contest / Contests

The Votes are in for the Fourth SSWC People’s Choice Contest 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the fourth and final 2016 People’s Choice Contest!

The category for this contest was Functional. Although there were few entries submitted, we were impressed with the creativity of the projects we received.

We are taking an indefinite break from contests. Thank you to all of those who participated in a contest—we enjoyed seeing what all of you can do. Keep up the good work!


First Place: Modern Ascension Box

Thomas Haapapuro of Charlotte, N.C., created this box as part of a series he created for his book Fresh Designs for Woodworking. The concept was to create unique, organic boxes for the home and office using a scroll saw and power carving tools. This particular box riffs on forms and shapes popular in the mod period of design from the ‘40s and ‘50s. The form is repeated vertically to give a striking visual interest, as the box appears to grow from the base much like a blooming plant.

Second Place: Spartan

Cody Blevins of Aliso Viejo, Calif., was inspired by the movie 300 to create this knife stand. The stand is 6″ by 8″ by 10″ and was made from birch plywood. It was finished with Bulls Eye shellac and can hold up to eight knives.