Joe Ness Wins $15,000 Gold Rush Sweeps

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After 21,961 de-duped entrees to the Gold Rush Sweepstakes sponsored by WoodcraftPowermatic and Woodcraft Magazine, we have our winners list to share with you.  The contest promotion ran from August 1 to September 30th, 2013 where there were 5,552 store entries and 16,409 online & mail-in entries.  Winners were selected on October 10, 2013.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Powermatic tool prize package and training with a Walter Meier rep at their local Woodcraft storewhich includes:

… goes to (tympani drum roll please!) …..Joe Ness of Deltona Florida!

Gold Rush Winner

Joe entered the sweepstakes online and is a patron of the Orlando Woodcraft store, where he will receive his Powermatic training.  Joe completely forgot about entering the sweepstakes, and never even though about it until he was notified that he won the first place package.  After that, Joe said, “I didn’t breathe right all day!”  Although Joe has been a professional woodworker for only the last 4 years, he has enjoyed it all his life, learning from his dad, George Ness since he was a kid.  Joe explained, “If it was not for dad, I don’t know what I’d be doing, probably working on cars or something else.”  Joe will be passing his woodworking experience onto his 3 young boys in the near future.

With barely a 20′ x 20′ foot shop currently, Joe is revamping the shop to make room for his new tools, and is especially looking forward to installing his new dust collection unit.  Joe mentioned, “It will improve the entire shop, as I was affected by a sinus condition due to the sawdust, and this unit will eliminate that problem.”  Joe also stated, ” The Powermatic lathe will open up new options like bowls and table legs that I’ve not done before.”  He continued, “I will have to place the lathe in my shed where I do finishing work, due to the size of my garage shop.”  Since receiving the news of his winnings, Joe has been getting the garage shop ready by installing new electric 110 and 220 lines and preparing the floor with this familiar Rustoleum Epoxy Shield we featured in the August-September Issue of Woodcraft Magazine.

Joe, along with his wife Penny, create Flippy Guy Caricature Toys, and will both enjoy the 8 new power tool additions.  Joe also builds custom cabinetry, decks, entertainment centers, heirloom boxes and tool boxes with his “Ness Custom Woodwork for Home Office and Automotive” business.  You can follow Ness Customs on their Facebook page,  In his photo gallery you will find many of Joe’s talents like these:

Gold Rush Winner

Joe is quickly at work organizing his new woodshop, building a mobile base using heavy-duty casters from Woodcraft for his new Powermatic tablesaw.

Congratulations, Ness family.  We wish you much success with your new tools and custom woodworking business.

The Second Place Prize package goes to 3 Winners, each receiving a $250 Woodcraft Gift Card with a 2-year Woodcraft Magazine subscription ($29.94 retail value).  They are, Kris Telford of West Valley City Utah, Phillip Hendrix of Acworth Georgia,  and Dean Roadifer of Lebanon Oregon.

Kris joined the contest at his Utah Woodcraft store and uses woodworking as a release and relaxation from his busy schedule with 3 boys, school and working full time.  His favorite venue of woodworking may not be traditional, but certainly is original, using metal and wood together.  One of his favorites is the picture of the skull and wings (right). Kris elaborates, “The skull and wings I shaped from sheet metal, then built the frame and case from poplar.  The metal was then antiqued to look like copper and then I played with finishes to get the rust look in the background and frame.”

Kris continued, “My current project includes the rose (left) and a display case, skateboard decks for my kids and a Sam Maloof style rocker that I have been dreaming up that will be constructed from cherry and metal.”

“I frequent my local (Utah) Woodcraft store.  The gentlemen there are always helpful and friendly and I love to go in and get lost, just perusing the store.  I don’t belong to any woodworking clubs, but I love to talk to my father and share our current projects, or stop in at a local studio where I pick the brain of my favorite woodworker and artist.  I have always wanted to get into turning, so when I receive my gift card prize, I plan on using it to feed my addiction and learn a new skill.  It will most likely go to helping me get a lathe.”


Phillip entered the sweeps online and commented, “I’m not a professional woodworker.  I do mostly antique/ furniture repair, restoration and home repair.  Also upgrades like kitchens, baths, etc.  Sometimes the repairs on antiques may involve replacing missing trim pieces or structural parts that might have to be recreated and made to match the rest.  I learned how to work on these things growing up in a family that was in the antique business for a while.  With my winnings, I really need to upgrade a lot of hand tools and clamps, and get some supplies like the wood finishing products such as milk paintstains, etc.”

Dean also entered the contest online and tells us, “Right now my passion is making segmented bowls, but I also enjoy making everything from cabinets and new jigs for the different tools I have.   

The choices of tools I want from Woodcraft are many, but I am thinking a new Sorby Heavy-Duty Right Side Scraper and the new Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig.  

Mostly, I am a self-taught carpenter, I have built my own home including the cabinets, and a home for each of my daughters.  I also make bandsaw boxes and of course, woodturning.  Most of my learning is from books and information off of the internet.  I have learned, there a lot of wonderful craftsmen that are willing to share their secrets and tweak your imagination.  A lot of joy comes from sharing my creations.”


Fifty 3rd Place Winners will receive a 1-year Woodcraft Magazine subscription ($19.97 retail value), and are all listed at this link.

Thank you everyone for participating, congratulations to all the prize winners, and be safe in your shops.

And the Woodworking Adventure continues…
auf Wiedersehen! …Frank

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