Friday, July 25, 2008

Texas Furniture Makers Show 2008

The ninth annual Texas Furniture Makers Show will be held from October 23 through December 6, 2008. It is held at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, Texas.

This state wide show is a growing phenomenon open to all Texas furniture makers. Because of the large pool of interested furniture makers, work will be selected for the show by a jury. Work accepted for the show will be eligible for the following list of prizes:

  • First Place – Best of Show - $3,000
  • Best Traditional Furniture - $1,200
  • Best Contemporary Furniture - $1,200
  • Best Texas Style Furniture - $1,200
  • Best Whimsical/Art Furniture - $1,200
  • Woodcraft’s People’s Choice - $300
  • Show Committee’s Choice - $250
  • Best Apprentice Furniture Maker - $250
  • Best Furniture with Decorative Carving - $250
  • Hill Country Turners’ Choice Award - $100
The awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the KACC on Saturday, November 1st 2008, 6 to 8pm.

Work will be broken into five categories:
  • Contemporary
  • Traditional
  • Texas Style
  • Whimsical/Art Furniture
  • Apprentice
More information and entry form can be found at the KACC web site.

This year's show will be judged by three respected and knowledgeable woodworkers:
  • Asa Christiana - Editor of Fine Woodworking
  • Michael Fortune - Designer, teacher, mentor, and one of Canada's leading creative furniture maker
  • Paul Sellers - Director of the School of Woodworking at the Homestead Heritage Village in Waco
The show also offers continuing education for furniture makers. This year, Michael Fortune will be giving his presentation, "Developing an Idea from Concept to Completion." One of the most intriguing things for any designer is to see how another designer works. No matter how long a designer has worked, there is still so much to learn, an opportunity like this should not be missed. The seminar costs $20 and will be held at the KACC on Saturday November 1st from 2:30 to 5:30pm. Seating is limited, so sign up soon.

The show is sponsored by: Woodcraft, Otto Dukes Machinery Company, and Fine Lumber & Plywood.

The Hill Country is a beautiful part of Texas, The Fall/Winter is a great time to see it, and there will be wonderful furniture! You would be crazy not to go.

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