It seems like we’re constantly hearing about the lack of young people in woodworking. This video disproves that. Young people are doing incredible work, as shown here.
About the contest
The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) hosted the Design Emphasis Showcase at the 2022 show in Atlanta. Entrants are college and university students, and over $10,000 in prize money is awarded.
Students submit slides and a written description of their work in May for a pre-judging session. Select finalists are invited to attend IWF and ship their projects to the show. Winners are announced on the first day of the show.
There are five competition categories; seating, case goods, commercial/office/hospitality furniture, accent furniture and tables and design creativity.
Another student competition
Another large woodworking show, Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) also hosts a student competition called the Fresh Wood competition. Entrants come from high schools and postsecondary schools.
Getting kids involved
If you’re interested in getting kids you know excited about woodworking have a look at our live stream with Chris Lyons. Chris used his many years of Tech Ed teaching to provide advice on getting kids in the shop, and even provided three great kid-oriented project plans.