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California Man Wins Woodcraft’s “American Dream Shop Giveaway with Scott Phillips”Back to Press Releases
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (January 2012) — Robert Edwards of Eureka, California, will begin the new year with $10,000 worth of tools to equip his “dream shop” and an expense-paid trip in the spring to visit Scott and Suzy Phillips on the set of The American Woodshop.

Edwards’ name was randomly selected from more than 26,000 unique entries in Woodcraft’s “American Dream Shop Giveaway with Scott Phillips” sweepstakes. Entries were accepted online, by US mail and at Woodcraft stores nationwide from September 1 through November 30, 2011.

Woodcraft partnered with The American Woodshop, Delta Power Equipment Corporation, and Porter-Cable to sponsor the sweepstakes that featured a prize package totaling $14,000.

Initially, Edwards thought his notification email from Woodcraft Marketing Manager Lori Milner was “phish,” but then he remembered that he had, indeed, entered the contest. “My wife and I were sitting at Starbucks having coffee, and I was trying to read the email to her, but she was not listening. I finally got her attention, and we were both somewhat stunned that I had won the grand prize,” he said.

The “Dream Shop” tool prize package includes a 3 HP Delta Unisaw, left tilt, with a 52" Biesemeyer Fence System; 2-1/4 HP VS Porter-Cable Router Kit with multi-base, Kreg Precision 24" × 32" Floor Model Router Table Complete, Delta 12-1/2" 1 HP Variable Speed Midi Lathe and Stand, WoodRiver Ultimate Bench Plane and Block Plane Kits, and much more.

Edwards is a retired social worker and just beginning his woodworking journey after taking cabinetmaking and woodworking classes at the renowned College of the Redwoods. “My wife’s father was a woodworker, and it was through him that I got started doing woodworking,” Edwards explained. “I purchased his Shopsmith from his wife after he died, with the intent to learn the craft. As a beginner woodworker I have been learning how to use the equipment I have in a safe manner. I am currently working on how to use the dovetail jig to make boxes. I have made two boxes so far—one for my mother-in-law.”

Once his garage shop is equipped with his new tools, Edwards anticipates tackling a major project. “Both my wife and I would like to build a custom dresser for our bedroom,” he said. “I would also like to earn some income as my skills improve.”

In April, Edwards and his wife, Noreen, will travel to Piqua, Ohio, to The American Woodshop studio to meet Scott Phillips and his wife, Suzy, and spend a day observing the show’s production. The American Woodshop, produced by WBGU TV, is in its 18th season. Edwards is looking forward to meeting Scott and learning more about the show because the Eureka area PBS station does not carry it. Edwards hopes that will change, since he recently requested that the station start airing The American Woodshop.

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