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2012 Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood
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Meet Your 2012 Judges

Meet Dave Sellers, Owner of Sellers & Company
Sellers, a Warren, VT architect, is the newest judge to join the ranks, but he is certainly not new to the industry. Sellers has quite an extensive background in design and architecture. Sellers was named one of the world’s top 100 architects by Architectural Digest. Dave received Yale Univ. BS 1960, Master of Arch. 1965, is the founder and co-director of the nations first design-build school at Goddard College (1970-76), is the winner of a Design competition award for St. John the Divine in Manhattan, and is a Faculty and member of the board of advisors for Yestermorrow School in Waitsfield 2000-2011 (just to name a few). You can view some of his work at

Meet Robert Fletcher, Co-founder of the Vermont Woodworking School
Fletcher is a true Master Designer Craftsman. He brings over 35 years of experience building custom furniture as owner of the Robert Fletcher Furniture Design Company located in Cambridge, VT. Robert also owned and operated Fletcher Turnings, a company that specialized in architectural production turnings. Robert specializes in quality handcrafted furniture and custom design pieces. He has designed and built a variety of original and reproduction pieces, from William and Mary, Queen Anne, and Georgian (Chippendale) periods, as well as the Shaker and Craftsman styles. Robert is now a Furniture-Master in Residence at the Vermont Woodworking School.

Meet James Murray, Designer for Simon Pearce
Murray is currently the Executive Director of Design & Product Development at Simon Pearce in Vermont. Since 1998, James has been teaching the Design & Product Development subject at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Design Management
Program. In the past he has held various design positions, for example
Director of Design & Creative Integration at Bed Bath & Beyond and Director of Design at Macy’s Home Store. He currently holds a B.I.D. in Product Design from Pratt Institute, and a master’s degree from Pratt, in Design Management, New York, NY.


Enter as a PROFESSIONAL woodworker:
Only pieces designed and made in Vermont, by Vermont woodworkers are eligible for entry in the competition. All pieces submitted will be judged at the design competition exhibit to be held September 29-30, 2012 at the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival in Woodstock, VT.

New this year! Individual companies exhibiting at the Vermont Woodworking Festival on September 29-30, 2012 that are also VWMA members are eligible to enter one entry into the Vermont Woodworking Design Competition for free (due to underwriting by VWMA member company). Additional entries will be charged based on date of submission and membership status (please see form).

Download: ENTRY FORM
Discounted entry fee if paid by June 1, 2012

All entries due by September 28, 2012

Enter as an APPRENTICE woodworker:

Only pieces designed and made in Vermont by a Vermont woodworking student/apprentice that has already graduated from a high school or technical center and is not currently in business as a woodworker are eligible for entry in the competition.
Download:  ENTRY FORM
No entry fee.

All entries due by September 28, 2012

Please review eligibility guidelines and

contact the VWMA office or call 802-747-7900 with any questions.

From left: Dan Faia, Mark Schofield, & James Murray evaluate an entry
at the 2011 Design Competition

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Collage of wood designs