Artistry in Wood Celebrates Triple Decade

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This past 2nd weekend of November was the annual Artistry in Wood Show in Dayton, Ohio. Celebrating their 30th year with 225 artisans from over 25 states, this show included carvers, turners, and furnituremakers, all there to show, teach, and sell their woodcrafts. Over 4800 people filled the isles for this two-day event. Assisting the Woodworking Adventures Blog were Liz Byers, Scott & Suzy Phillips of The American Woodshop, and Wayne & Marlies Barton. Starting off we interviewed the best in show awards, going out to Fred ZavadilTerry Brasher, and Sandy Czajka (email: Here are the top winner highlights we enjoyed

In our first-part video, we start with some general information about the show, introducing the best in show ribbon winners with their detailed creations, followed by the 18th century furniture pieces, covering a few more artisan’s works, and closing with the scholarship program. Video music credits go to Aaron Thomasmusician and woodworker from Fayetteville, Georgia.

We also met with many individual woodworkers, and covered the children’s woodworking learning center, where the kids received hands-on instruction from formidable craftsman while building various crafts to take home. We will follow up with Artistry in Wood Revisted (part 2) on 11/19/11, so look for that additional story. We hope you find some inspiration from this pictorial overview of fine creativity…

Jim Burrowes was on-hand with his display of first class turnings.


Roger Strautman, whom you may remember from an earlier blog, carved this American’s Creed piece which won best in chip carving category.

A silent auction was held, and at the end of the show a few lucky participants won these donated items,

…and the proceeds went to the United Rehabilitation Center in Dayton.


This is just a small fraction of what was at the show. Put this event on your calendar for the second weekend in November for next year, and come see it all!

Additional information can be found on the Artistry in Wood website. Be sure to check out their previous competitions page and this Aristry in Wood Winners PDF for this year’s list of winners. Thanks go out to Barb Belcher for putting this PDF list together.

Special thanks to Sandy Czajka and Don Worley for taking care of us at this show and providing information.

Also, sincere thanks to Scott & Suzy Phillips for anchoring the videos with us, and providing their generous first class hospitality.

To all of the artisans at the show, we thank you for sharing your woodworking world with us, phenominal job!

All photos taken at the show are posted on Woodcraft’s Facebook page.

Now let’s take some of this inspiration, and make some woodchips…Frank


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