Del Mar's judgment day

On June 7-8, 2003, Managing Editor Marlen Kemmet served as a woodworking judge at the 22nd annual Design in Wood exhibition at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, California. It's one of the premier woodworking competitions found in North America. The exhibition, hosted by the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, showcased more than 320 pieces of handcrafted furniture, turnings, carvings, and intarsia. Marlen's task was to select the winner for the WOOD-mag-azine-sponsored "Excellence in Workmanship" award, worth $500. His choice: the upright cabinet, at left, by Randy Miller of Aliso Viejo, California, the same woodworker who had won the award the previous year. Says Marlen, "This piece exemplifies what the show is all aboutfinely crafted furniture and accessories with exceptional attention to detail. I liked the graceful, flared legs, well-executed joinery, and precisely installed hardware."
The exhibition also offers how-to demonstrations on woodturning, carving, model building, scrollsawing, and chairmaking. It's a must-see event for area woodworkers. For more, visit Photograph by Andrew Patterson
This graceful, long-legged cherry cabinet by Randy Miller won WOOD magazine's "Excellence in Workmanship" award at the Design in Wood competition.
Test your workshop smarts
Waiting for glue joints or fresh finish to dry? Why not wash up, pour a cup of java, and take a few minutes to answer these fun questions. You'll find the answers in the next issue of WOOD magazine Short Cuts; or, to find the answers fast, go to
■ What's the wood commonly found in particleboard?
■ What state contains the largest number of champion trees?
■ Does blueing negatively affect the quality of high-speed steel during sharpening?
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