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2013 Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood
Products Design Competition

Join the finest woodworkers in the nation to show off the world
class talent and skill Vermont woodworkers are known for!

Never entered? Here is a little more about the competition! Judging will be held on September 28 from 10-4pm with Awards Reception at 6pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT. Previous press for winners include Fine Woodworking Magazine, Furniture World Magazine, Vermont HomeStyle Magazine, Design New England Magazine, and more!

Thank you to our amazing judges who enjoyed the day and said the judging process was difficult due to such great entries by all!

Meet Randy Taplin

Randy Taplin is a fine furniture maker and cabinetmaker based in Warren, VT. He studied with Teruo Hara, and his work is influenced by both Japanese and Shaker cabinetry. Randy has taught at Yestermorrow since 1982.


Meet Dave Sellers
Sellers, a Warren, VT architect is the owner of Sellers and Company. 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)

Meet Eleanor Shepard

Eleanor Shepard, owner of Shepard Interior Selections & interior designer, has been decorating since 1990. Eleanor is a "people person" and she enjoys working side by side with her clients to achieve the desired look and feel for each individual. Eleanor considers herself "everyone's decorator" working with clients on their first condo to multi-million dollar homes.

Shots of some of the 2013 competition winners and their entries:


Dave Boynton

Carl Newton

George Sawyer

Glen Norton

Ted Fink

David Hurwitz

Bob Gasperetti

Woodworkers gather at awards reception for 2012 competition announcements

Enter as a PROFESSIONAL woodworker:
Only pieces designed and made in Vermont, by Vermont woodworkers are eligible for entry in this category of the competition. All pieces submitted will be judged at the design competition exhibit to be held September 28-29, 2013 at the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival in Woodstock, VT.

Individual companies exhibiting at the Vermont Woodworking Festival on September 28-29, 2013 that are also VWMA members are eligible to enter one entry into the Vermont Woodworking Design Competition for free (due to underwriting). Additional entries will be charged based on date of submission and membership status (please see form).

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 this category of the competition.

All entries due no later than September 27, 2013

Please review eligibility guidelines and

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


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Collage of wood designs