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PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (October 2011) — A Knoxville, Tennessee, couple spent their 10th wedding anniversary sailing along the Norwegian Coast on a woodturning cruise—the grand prize in the “Win with NOVA™” sweepstakes.

Winner Bradley Duckett, a customer at the Knoxville Woodcraft store, and his wife, Laura, were flown to Stavanger, Norway, to board the MSS Gann for the August 15-27 cruise that featured woodturning demonstrations and instruction by well-known woodturners, plus stops at 11 cities along the picturesque Norwegian coast (a $15,000 value).

Duckett said the cruise was more than he ever expected when he entered the sweepstakes. “The trip was amazing at all levels. The scenery was incredible, the woodturning was fantastic, and the weather even cooperated (only three days with some rain).”

“There are no formal woodturning classes. What we did was hook up with one of the demonstrators and work one-on-one with them,” Duckett explained. “I worked with Nick Agar on a really cool textured bowl. He showed me fantastic techniques. It was the first colored bowl I’ve ever done, and I really liked the process. And Nick was very patient with me.” Laura Duckett opted for scarf making and other textile work, but Duckett said she did try her hand at woodturning, her first time.

In addition to Nick Agar, Duckett met other well-known turners, including Richard Raffin, Bonnie Klein, Glenn Lucas, Terry Scott, Mark Baker, Clive Brooks, Rolly Monroe and Marcel Van Berkel.

“I loved the camaraderie with the other woodturners, both professional and amateur,” Duckett said. “We met people from 13 different countries and had a great time getting to know them. I also absolutely love Norway. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, and I’ve been blessed to travel extensively. Laura also enjoyed the travel, the scenery and the people we met. It was just perfect for our 10th anniversary. We’re already talking about going back for the 2014 trip!”

A software engineer for Scripps Networks, Duckett has been seriously pursuing woodturning in his leisure time for about three years and is a member of the Smokey Mountain Woodturners and East Tennessee Woodworkers clubs. Other sweepstakes winners include: Brad Stave of Gig Harbour, Washington, second prize ($500 worth of NOVA products); Jack Callaway of Brunswick, Georgia, third prize ($250 worth of NOVA products); and Thomas Roberts of Erskine, United Kingdom; Jeffery Johns of Las Vegas, Nevada; Fernando Igreda of Toronto, Canada; Cindy Barker of Carmel, California; Ian Jaques of Tooradin, Australia; Dale Smith of Littleton, New Hampshire; and Carlos Mejia of Bogota, Colombia—fourth through 10th prizes (various NOVA products to the value of $200), respectively.

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