Fine Woodworking students recognized in Las Vegas

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Students Erica Strom (left) and Scott Stevens (middle left)  with their instructors David Ringheim (middle right) and David Stryck (right). The two alumni credit the program and their instructors as important elements in their recent success. 

A pair of Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program alumni had the opportunity to shine in Las Vegas over the summer where they took part in a massive gathering of the industry’s leaders.

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers (AWFS) Fair takes place in Las Vegas every two years where woodworking manufacturing professionals gather to see what’s new and explore what’s next. Recent Selkirk College grads Scott Stevens and Erica Strom earned a free trip to the fair as finalists in AWFS’s Fresh Wood Competition that featured works from both high school and post-secondary students across North America.

Amongst the hundreds of students who submitted work to the competition, only 43 finalists were flown to Las Vegas to take part in the fair. With his beautiful writing table, Stevens brought home second place in the tables category and Strom was a finalist in the case goods category with her rosewood entertainment stand.

“We were just one small part of the fair and it was huge… bigger than you can comprehend,” says Stevens, adding that the exhibitors took up the space of six football fields inside the Las Vegas Convention Centre. “It’s changed my perspective about my own abilities. It’s helped me to realize that I have talent and it’s something worth pursuing with a bit more venom.”

Find out more about the Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program at www.selkirk.ca/program/fine-woodworking