Student Design Competition Raffle

As part of our design course, the class participates in the annual Student Design Competition. This is a team project wherein students are asked to design an original piece of furniture in response to a unique theme they have been given. Students present their proposals to a panel of industry professionals who choose the finest piece. The winning design is then built in our shop and raffled off to the public at our year end show, the proceeds of which are returned to the winning team as the Fine Woodworking Design Competition Scholarship.

We are proud to be partnering with Craft Connection, where these peices will be on display. Raffle Tickets are 1 for $10.00 or 3 for $20.00 and can be applied to Lapis Lazuli, Sappy Bench, or both. Tickets are available at Craft Connection 378 Baker St, Nelson, BC V1L 4H5

or by emailing Scott at The 2 winners will be notified on the draw date of June 30, 2021.


2021 Competiton Winners

Lapis Lazuli

This year’s chosen theme was Sculptural Furniture, and was adjudicated by renowned designer-makers Michael Fortune, Wendy Murayama, and Kelly Parker, as well as Jon Binzen of Fine Woodworking Magazine, and Dan Rempel of Nelson-based Spearhead Timberworks. The winning project, Lapis Lazuli, was designed and created by Jasper Belliveau-Thompson, Madelaine Nelson, Mat Becotte, and Rianna Walser.

Lapis Lazuli met the design challenge by representing the sculpting process. A combination of both natural and man made form and material, combined with bold and organic colours creates juxtaposition that reflects both permanence and impermanence. While this chairs design may seem futuristic, Lapis Lazuli is historically significant as a rare and precious stone. The rarity of this pigment contributes to the cubes paradox between artificial and organic. Though the design of this chair may seem harsh and angular, the organic forms of the seat have been sculpted to provide a comfortable, relaxing form.

Lapis Lazuli is made of solid birch, and finished with authentically genuine crushed Lapis Lazuli pigmented epoxy.

32"L x 32"W x 28"H


2020 Competition Winners

Sappy Bench

Due to last years unfortunate shutdown, the winning piece was unable to be built, so we have the pleasure of including it in this year’s raffle. The 2020 winning design, Sappy Bench, was designed by Evan Smith and the D.W.E.M. Team, and was a response to the timely theme of Emotion.  

Sappy Bench is a response to the 2020 Design Challenge theme of Emotion. It plays visually with our concepts of feeling, with its steam bent arcs representing an abstract smile or frown. It also beckons you to become grounded for a moment. Happy, sad, smiley, frowny, this bench stays with us through the turbulent ups and downs we all face and, as an entryway bench, it warmly welcomes you home or bids you a fond farewell. During construction it was aptly named the Sappy Bench, for its blending of emotions (happy/sad) and for its stunning elm sap wood slab.

Sappy Bench is made of steam bent Elm sourced locally from the Blaylock Mansion, finished with Osmo Top Oil.

53"L x 17"W x 17"H

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