Western Hardwoods were the featured woods in the Western Hardwood Association’s first design contest especially for forestry and design students from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. Each of 24 students had to submit his/her design to a panel of judges. Finalists were selected and required to manufacture their design to be judged. Awards were made for Best of Show, Best Lighting, Best Furniture, Best Design for Production.
Best of Show received a plaque and $500. It was Brandon Schleiger’s Flavor Profiler made from Oregon White Oak. The Flavor Profiler operates like three concentric Lazy Susan’s, which each spin independently of each other.
Best Lighting went to Aiden Head for his Slatted Wall Lamp made from western Black Walnut. He received a plaque and $250.
Best Furniture was Claudia Anderson’s Depoe Bridge Coffee Table. It was designed from the Depoe Bay, Oregon, bridge that spans the mouth of Depoe Bay, officially stated as the world’s smallest navigable harbor, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She received a plaque and $250 for her Pacific Madrone entry.
Best Design for Production went to Kebin Kang for his Just Bier beer sampler. It is made with layers of Oregon White Oak veneer, and as a singular component, it is easy to manufacture. For his entry he received a plaque and $250.
The mission of the Western Hardwood Association is to be the “Authoritative resource for a sustainable, profitable, and growing Western Hardwood industry.”
Contact the WHA at email@example.com, www.westernhardwood.org, P.O. Box 1095, Camas, WA, 98607, or 360-835-1600.
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