Woodcraft Announces “The Jory Brigham Experience” Sweepstakes Winner

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Gigi Branch, a high school nurse from San Antonio, Texas, is the Grand Prize winner in the “The Jory Brigham Experience” Sweepstakes sponsored by Woodcraft, Jory Brigham and SawStop. Her name was randomly selected from 24,422 entries received from October 1 through November 30.

As Grand Prize winner, Branch is entitled to participate, along with a companion, in a three-day training class with Jory, a third-generation professional furnituremaker, in his California wine country woodshop. She will also take home the piece of custom furniture made during the class, a SawStop Professional Saw valued at $2,299, and additional tools and accessories valued at over $1,000. The Grand Prize also includes transportation – a flight to and from San Luis Obispo, California, and four nights on-site lodging for Gigi and her companion.

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“Now I can’t wait until June!” – Gigi Branch, sweepstakes winner

A woodworker who learned the craft at her father’s side, Branch said, “I used to do a lot of stuff with my Dad growing up. I started when I was about 10 or 12 helping. Dad was really good at woodworking. He built a lot of our furniture.”

“I haven’t done a lot of woodworking lately since I moved from a house to an apartment, but I love doing it,” Branch said. “I built some end tables and cabinets in my old house. I also built a huge outdoor table that seated 20 people, but I couldn’t bring it with me when I moved.”

Branch decided to take her free woodworking class in June 2017, when Jory will be teaching end table construction, which interests her. She said her boyfriend will accompany her. Although Branch has checked out Jory Brigham’s classes online and spoken with him by phone, she said, “I have no idea what to expect.”  She has never taken a woodworking class, but said she has enjoyed watching HGTV contestants build furniture. “Now I can’t wait until June.”

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Other Winners

Stacey Roberson of Barboursville, Virginia, won the second prize, a WoodRiver Ultimate Bench Plane Kit that includes No. 3No. 4No. 5 and No. 6 Version 3 bench planes, a $649 value.

The 20 third place winners each received a $50 Woodcraft Gift Card: Edwin Dauenhauer, Wheat Ridge, CO; Karl Hans, Hilliard, OH; Brian Miller, Eagle, ID; Matt Lewis, Damascus, MD; Margaret McCann, St. Louis, MO; Jared Medford, Huntersville, NC; Herman Gottfried, Maple Glen, PA; Paul Coomer, Greenwood, IN;  William Teigeler, Palos Park, IL; Gerald Edler, Castle Rock, CO; Jim Royer, Mission, KS; Robert Sedivy, Bloomfield, CT; Troy Dupuis, Farmington, NY; Alok Advani, Chicago, IL; Paul Mallasch, North Bend, WA; Bob McKee, Quitman, TX; Kevin Stinson, Payson, UT; Shirley Nunley, Memphis, TN; Fred Snyder, Farmingville, NY; and Benjamin Pomelow, Corinth, ME.

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Jory Brigham grew up among generations of woodworkers and craftsmen. Since 2008, Jory has designed and built custom furniture for his own company, Jory Brigham Design, as well as offering classes in furniture building. 

To learn more about Jory, visit www.jorybrigham.com or www.facebook.com/jorybrighamdesign.

Are you interested in taking a furniture building class or learning more about woodworking? Check out the offerings at  your local Woodcraft store and sign up for a class or one of the many free demos.

We hope you’ll be inspired!

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