Anyone who creates a woodworking piece to be publicly displayed and judged deserves recognition for the effort. Especially when the audience will include the critical eyes of fellow woodworkers.
The Northern Woods Exhibition is self-described as “an annual woodworking show and friendly competition sponsored by the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild. The show provides an opportunity … to present and discuss the best in high quality woodworking design and construction with fellow woodworkers and the general public. The pieces on display are more than furniture. They are works of art.”
The exhibition is held at Southdale Center (the first fully-enclosed climate-controlled shopping center in the U.S.!) and offers an opportunity for people to see local craftsmanship in wood.
Many of the pieces would be at home on the pages of Fine Woodworking. Out-of-the ordinary wood species, fusion of various styles, overt craftsmanship and impeccable finishes are all on display.
As an introduction to woodworking, I hope this exhibition encourages people to try designing and building something out of wood. The craft of woodworking can only be enhanced b having a wider variety of participants.