For students on the Diploma in Furniture Design and Making programme, September means Kawerau Woodfest!
A group of second years are heading up next week to take part in the National Woodskills Competition, hoping to pick up some cash prizes, get some recognition and sell some works.
Brendan Knauf (23), Leilani Tunnage (28), Peter Crowder (21) and Adam Laker (30) have entered a total 13 works in the competition in a range of categories.
Coffee tables, longboards, a dart board surround, a parquetry breakfast tray and a lit up pocket knife collection display cabinet are just some of the timber furniture concepts turned into reality by the students for the event starting next Friday.
Their Lecturer Andy Halewood who took out a first prize award last year has entered again this year with two pieces in the Open Furniture category, but he says he doesn’t see competing against his students as a bad thing… the more participation the better, he reckons!
Thirty year old Adam Laker was awarded a merit in the Novice section last year, and this year has created a hall table and two coffee tables for the Open Furniture category, and a stool for the Anything Goes category.
All four students sound a bit nervous but equally excited to get the chance to compete against professionals.
The entries are below. Best of luck!
- Peter Crowder – 2x entries in ‘Furniture – For first time entrants’, 1x entry in ‘Marquetry & Intarsia’
- Brendan Knauf – 2x entries in ‘Special Category – Anything Goes’ (Public Vote)
- Leilani Tunnage – 2x entries in ‘Furniture – Open’, 1x entry in ‘Pinus Radiatus’, 1x entry in ‘Special Category – Anything Goes’ (Public Vote)
- Adam Laker – 3x entries in ‘Furniture – Open’, 1x entry in ‘Special Category – Anything Goes’ (Public Vote)