Thousands of wood enthusiasts visited the Wood Show, held at the Claremont Showgrounds Exhibition Centre from Friday 5 to Sunday, 7 August 2016.
The Forest Products Commission has been an exhibitor at the WA Wood Show and a sponsor of the “Out of the Woods” competition student category for more than ten years.
The show attracts wood enthusiasts of all ages, from the home handyman to professional renovators. Each year, the Commission partners with local furniture designers, crafters and manufacturers to showcase Western Australia’s sustainably managed native hardwoods.
Pieces on the Commission’s display included a stunning marri pool table crafted by Quedos Billiard Tables, a striking sheoak side table designed and produced by Simon Parsons of SP Furniture, Adrian van den Ouweland of Treeton Fine Wood Studio in Cowaramup presented a marri coffee table and chopping block, Jarrimber Furniture produced a unique 18-bottle jarrah wine rack and Inglewood Products Group provided a smart occasional alfresco setting.
The Commission’s General Manager Stuart West attended the show and presented the awards for the Out of the Woods competition, Western Australia’s premier woodworking competition.
“The WA Wood Show provides the perfect opportunity for the public to understand more about our unique timbers, and how they are environmentally sustainable,” said Mr West.
“With our help, the Fine Woodworkers Association is able to present the winning students with quality hand tools to help them continue their exceptional work.”
This year there were eight winners in the student category with a total of 35 placegetters from schools across the state. The students competed in their year groups, Year 7 through to Year 10, with the addition of Furniture and Artistic categories for the Year 11 and 12’s.
The outstanding skill of the students was demonstrated by Morgan Ashworth from the Western Australian College of Agriculture in Cunderdin. His curved table won the People’s Choice Award, making this the first time this award has been won by a student.
There was also a high level of craftsmanship displayed in the adult category, with 10 winners and 26 placegetters in total. Congratulations to all the winners and commended entries.