Woodcraft Magazine Awards $10,000 in Blockbuster Prizes

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Woodcraft Magazine handed out over more than ten grand in prizes recently in celebration of their 10th Anniversary when the “$10,000 Blockbuster Sweepstakes” winners were announced.  The contest, also sponsored by JET ToolsEasy Wood Tools and Rikon Tools, caps off 10 years of successful issues, plans and books for the magazine. 

“We are thrilled at the response to our 10th anniversary sweepstakes,” Woodcraft Magazine editor-in-chief Jim Harrold said. “We congratulate all the winners and thank the other sponsors who provided prizes – JET, Easy Wood Tools and Rikon.”

Bob Beanblossom of Eagle Point, Oregon, won the top prize – a JD Lohr Morris Chair and Ottoman, valued at $6,500. Randomly selected from 45,008 entries submitted in Woodcraft stores across the nation, online or mailed in, Beanblossom says he saw the sweepstakes article in Woodcraft Magazine as well as a flyer promoting the contest in theEugene, Oregon, Woodcraft store. After completing a lathe class there, a store employee ringing up his purchase asked if he wanted to enter the sweeps. “Guess I owe him a cold adult beverage of some type,” he says.


The furniture pieces were designed by Jeffry David Lohr, owner of JD Lohr Woodworking and theJD Lohr School of Woodworking at Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, and were featured in theOctober/November ’13 and February/March ’14 issues of the magazine. A sought after furnituremaker, Lohr produces original, one-of-a-kind and limited edition Arts & Crafts style furniture and significant contemporary free-form and Live Edge furniture.  Beanblossom says the great room in his Craftsman-Style home, which he shares with his wife Julie, is the perfect setting for his prize.

A retired pilot with 11 years on active duty and 14 years in the USAF reserves, Beanblossom is a Vietnam Vet with 100 combat missions. He later flew for United Airlines for over 25 years before he and Julie built and moved into their retirement home in Eagle Point in June, 2014. Beanblossom is an avid fly fisherman and has built 17 fly fishing rods. He was trout fishing when the news came of his sweepstakes win. “My buddy was actually reeling in a trout at the time. They were all happy for us and jealous!” Beanblossom has checked off one item on his bucket list – guiding fly fishing trips for a couple of summers.

While Julie got a craft room in their new home, Beanblossom got a 22×30 attached workshop, complete with heating and cooling systems. “I’ve been building cabinets for the shop, and my wife has plans for me to make a new country table, sewing table, half bookcase, and I want to build a rocking horse for the grandkids. More projects than time at this age,” shares Beanblossom, 69. “Obviously for us, this was a great sweepstakes with an unbelievable prize!”



The 2nd place bundle consisting of a JET 14ʺ Lathe Model 719400K and Easy Wood Tools mid size turning tools, worth a total of $1,959.96, was awarded to Robert Rosborough of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Rosborough, a customer at the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Woodcraft store, is already making sawdust on the lathe. He had considered upgrading to a better lathe for years, so he is loving the new piece of equipment. He remarked, “It is one impressive piece of machinery, extremely quiet. The heavy weight of the lathe combined with the precision of the design and components seem to eliminate any and all vibrations. I can’t wait to put more time on this JET lathe!” Rosborough, who works in information technology sales, was traveling when we spoke for this blog, but says, “I’m eager to get on the lathe again and try out the Easy Wood Tools!”



Douglass Timberlake of Strong, Maine, was randomly selected for 3rd prize, receiving a Rikon 18ʺ Bandsaw Model 10-341, valued at $1,299.99.

Timberlake is an accomplished turner and furnituremaker, creating the open segmented bowl with maple and cherry accent ring seen here, as well as the18th century style secretary and chair, made from cherry. “I’m retired,” says Timberlake, “but my wife has plenty of projects she wants for our new retirement home. I plan to put the machine to work in my new shop when I tackle a Queen Anne Lowboy project next.”



Ten additional winners received 4th place prizes of “Woodcraft Magazine Volume 1 The First 5 Years CD,” a $19.99 value.  Those winners are:  Erik Zachman, Jacksonville, FL; Joel Mlotek, Marietta, Georgia; Marciano Trevino, Alvin,  Texas; Tammy Medley, Spiro, Oklahoma; Ciro Ramos, Hammond, Indiana; Kyle Davis, Amory, Mississippi; Dan Hicks, Livingston, Tennessee; John Anthony, Bethesda, Maryland; Troy Haberle, Boyertown, Pennsylvania; and Rebbecca Tomas, Seattle, Washington.

Another five 5th prize recipients were awarded Woodcraft Magazine subscriptions, a $19.97 value.  They are: Eric Middleton, Katy, Texas; Dennis Larsen, West Bend, Wisconsin; John Weisz, Naperville, Illinois; Roger M. Kavanah, Sr., Taylorsville, Kentucky; and Eugene Moore, Johnstown, Colorado.

More than 10,500 contest entries were submitted in Woodcraft stores, including the top three store locations: Woodcraft of Houston Southwest, TexasWoodcraft of Jacksonville, Florida; and Woodcraft of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Lots of happy winners and another great contest – stayed tuned for more great ways to WIN with Woodcraft!

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