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The FRESH WOOD STUDENT COMPETITION highlights outstanding construction and design achievements by students from leading high school and post-secondary woodworking programs in North America — the best of woodworking’s next generation.

Woodcraft is proud to support Fresh Wood.

Why support it?

The biennial Fresh Wood Student Competition was created by the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) in 1999 as a vehicle for students to showcase their skills and abilities in wood; to introduce them to the industry as future artists, designers and woodworkers; and to offer industry career opportunities to them. These students depend upon their dynamic instructors and school programs.

This is where you come in. They need your support. Industry organizations, such as Woodcraft, have joined together to promote this program and keep woodworking alive for the next generation of talented artisans. Many school woodworking programs are dying due to a lack of funding; however, programs are now able to survive due to the recognition received from competing in the Fresh Wood Student Competition.

How can I help?

Donate a $1.00 or more to fund and promote young, aspiring woodworkers. Woodcraft’s pledge to match every donation, up to $10,000 annually, means every dollar you donate has the potential to double in value for the Fresh Wood program.
Since Woodcraft matched the first customer donations in 2012, this Woodcraft/Customer Partnership has raised more than $23,000 for Fresh Wood.

How does it work?

There are two ways to donate – the donation option on this page or during an online purchase at that will include the same option to donate. Your donation will then be matched by Woodcraft.

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about the 2017 Fresh Wood competition and current and past winners and their awards, visit


Mollie Ferguson, 2013 Best of Show winner, said Fresh Wood is a plus for students just beginning their woodworking careers: “When Fresh Wood presents an opportunity to help get your name out there, possibly win a tool for your shop, and some prize money to help get you started – then it makes you feel like it’s a little more possible.”
Fresh Wood Zachery Lush
Zachery Lush, Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton, Ontario, Won Best of Show in 2015 for “Gravity,”
a wall-hung gaming console (three-dimensional shelf). Lush’s custom sculpture trophy designed by Paul Schürch is the first in a series of trophies that will be created by a different artist for each competition.

Fresh Wood Werner Pyka
Werner Pyka, Palomar College, San Marcos, California, earned the 2015 People’s Choice Award with “Quint-Essential,” his federal-style gaming table.
Fresh Wood Mollie Ferguson
Mollie Ferguson, College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, California, won Best of Show in 2013 for her chair, “dulcius ex asperis.” Her trophy is one of the original ones designed by legendary woodworker Sam Maloof.

AWFS Vegas July 19-22, 2017
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