2009 NWG Woodturning Competition

Wow! The votes were in, the chits were tallied and the ceremony began! The Nova Woodturners Guild 2009 Woodturning Competition Award Ceremony was held today and it was a huge success! There were awards, prizes, laughter and fun. Above all, there were dozens of pieces of beautiful woodturnings. What a day, what a great day!

The coveted award, the Warman Castle trophy, which is given each year to the member that wins the People’s Choice Award was won by Don Moore.

2009 NWG Woodturning Competition

The Warman Castle trophy is a much sought after prize within the club for a couple of reasons. First, it represents its namesake, Warman Castle, who not only exhibited knowledge and skill but was also one who went to great lengths to share it. It also represents the peoples choice, the public at large, where a piece is not only chosen for it’s design and workmanship but by simply how appealing it is – the piece that most people liked. To be chosen from among the list of entries, where each one is a piece of art in it’s own right, is truly an achievement.

On being awarded this trophy Don gave a heartfelt speech on what it meant for him to receive it. Don included his own memories of Warman and how he had played a big part in his growth as a woodturner. Ever the one to be helpful and sharing, Don also took the time to carefully explain his winning piece to us, enlightening us with the intricacies, and some secrets, to its creation.

2009 NWG Woodturning Competition

Here is a closer view of Don’s winning piece.

2009 NWG Woodturning Competition

Congrats, Don, on winning this prestigious award! You definitely deserve it!

Here’s some photos of the competition entries:

2009 NWG Woodturning Competition
2009 NWG Woodturning Competition
2009 NWG Woodturning Competition
2009 NWG Woodturning Competition
2009 NWG Woodturning Competition
2009 NWG Woodturning Competition
2009 NWG Woodturning Competition
2009 NWG Woodturning Competition

Now onto the rest of the awards! There were a total of 45 pieces entered and these were the top placed in their respective category and class:

Novice Class:

Spindle Turning Category:
1st – Dan Myers
2nd – Jean-Luc DeClerck
3rd – Ian Scott

Face Plate Turning Category:
1st: Jean-Luc DeClerck
2nd: Jean-Luc DeClerck
3rd: Ian Scott

Intermediate Class:

Spindle Turning Category:
1st: Richard Ford
2nd: Mel Delaney
3rd: Norm Jolivet

Face Plate Turning Category:
1st: Calum Ewing
2nd: Richard Ford
3rd: Richard Ford

Open Class:

Spindle Turning Category:
1st: Stuart Taylor
2nd: Jim Smith
3rd: Darrell Eisner

Face Plate Turning Category:
1st: Don Moore
2nd: David Wilkins
3rd: Don Moore

These members all received beautiful engraved plaques, acknowledging their win based on their intent, craftsmanship, design, finish and overall appeal.

Each competition participant also received a prize for each of their entries. This was a random draw and the prizes included t-shirts, $25. gift certificates, $25. cash prizes, Dremel tools, a chisel set, a SIA watch and one-on-one pen turning instruction.

Special thanks to all the sponsors which included Lee Valley, Busy Bee Tools, King Canada, Halifax Specialty Hardwoods, R&D Bandsaws, Scotian Pens, Graham McCulloch, SIA Canada and John Todd. Your donations took this year’s competition ‘over the top’!

Special thanks also go out to the judges, Gregory Heyn, Steve Talbot and Steve Kennard. It obviously takes a lot of time and effort to do what you did. We can’t thank you enough!

Kudos to this year’s Competition Committee, Don Moore, Robert Atkinson, Dan Graham, and Dave Paul, for all the hard work and dedication that it took to put on such a successful competition! It was truly appreciated by all the members!

Finally, a note of appreciation to Lee Valley, who not only hosted the Award Ceremony but displayed all the entries in their store for the past couple of weeks. Accommodating staff members, Scott Croucher and Kevin Hurst, went up and beyond for this event. Without your help the success of this competition would not have been possible. Thanks so much!

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