Illinois Woodworker Wins Woodcraft Magazine 100th Issue Giveaway Grand Prize

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Gordon Hoffman takes a break in his work area.

Gordon Hoffman got an early Christmas gift – he was chosen in a random drawing as the Grand Prize winner of the Woodcraft Magazine 100th Issue Giveaway Sweepstakes Grand Prize – a $7,800 Total Shop Package.

Woodcraft Magazine, Woodcraft and ten other well-known toolmakers partnered to offer the three giveaway sweepstakes prizes. 

Hoffman, a Germantown Hills, Illinois, resident, won a SawStop Contractor Saw, Rikon Bandsaw, Powermatic Drill Press, WoodRiver Spindle Sander, Oneida Bench Top Dust Collector, BOW ShopSafety Package, WoodRiver Ultimate V3 Bench Plane Set, WoodRiver Chisel Set and WoodRiver Deluxe Dovetail Jig Set.

Kirk Lientz of New Castle, Colorado, won the Second Prize Rikon Turning Package ($1,560 retail value): a Rikon Lathe Model 70-220SVR, a Rikon Grinder, Rikon Carbide Cutter, Easy Wood Tools Chuck, Easy Wood Tools 3-Pc. Easy Micro Set, Easy Wood Tools Easy Wire Burning Kit and a WoodRiver Turning Set.

Shannon Shumard of Seattle, Washington, won the Third Prize DIYer Package ($1,200 retail value): an Armor Workbench and Dog Clamp Package, Armor Auto-Jig Pocket Hole System with 800-packs of coarse and fine color coated pocket-hole screws, Armor 3-Pc. Automatic Pliers Set, Rikon Power Drill Set, Arbortech Power Carver, Kutzall Burrs and Discs, and a Bosch Orbital Sander.

“Woodcraft and Woodcraft Magazine congratulate these winners and wish them many hours of enjoyment using their new tools,” Woodcraft President and CEO Jack Bigger said. “A big thank-you is also extended to the ten tool makers who provided the quality prizes offered in this sweepstakes.”

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About the Winners

Gordon Hoffman, a Supplier Collaboration Engineer for Caterpillar, said his interest in woodworking and home improvement dates back to when he and his wife Susan purchased their first home that required remodeling projects that he did with the help of his friends.

“My interest grew from that point as I added more tools to my collection, thanks to Woodcraft,” Hoffman said. “My latest projects were the completion of an addition to our second home, followed by finishing our basement. These last two projects were done with my son-in-law, Matt, which was a great bonding experience.” Helpers also include grandsons Landon, 9, and Liam, 2. Daughter Kayla is the photographer.

During the basement project, Hoffman said he included an 18' x 30' workspace that is perfect for the tools that he just won.

A Woodcraft customer and Woodcraft Magazine subscriber, Hoffman said, “I love your stores, products, articles, tools and tips that you sell and provide. I am like a young child (I am 62 years old) every time I go into your stores. If I order something I can’t wait for it to show up.”

Kirk Lientz


Kirk Lientz traces his woodworking interest and his current career to his uncle’s construction business where he began working 40 years ago. Twenty-three years ago he started his own business, Alpine Construction Co.

Kirk said his newly won tool collection will come in handy for the custom furniture he has been wanting to build for himself.

 He is an online Woodcraft customer who shared: “I think they (Woodcraft) sell excellent tools. I am a craftsman, and I appreciate quality tools.”

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Shannon Shumard


Shannon Shumard registered for the giveaway sweepstakes while shopping at the Seattle Woodcraft store.

“I was looking at some tools for a project,” Shannon said. “I was wanting to craft wood signs, so I was looking at a carving tool for my engraving. I work for a school district in the area, so this is a DIY project I thought would be fun to get into as a hobby. Luckily, I won most all the tools I'll need to get started and I’m really excited!”

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In connection with the 100th Issue Celebration, Woodcraft Magazine also introduced a thumb drive that contains all of the first 100 magazine issues. It is available at woodcraft.com.

Learn more about Woodcraft Magazine here and on Facebook.


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