Well, the ballots have been tallied and that means it’s time to award some prizes. Although there were not as many entries as I had hoped for, the shelves built were well-constructed, innovative, and certainly well made considering the two day time limit. This made it tough for judges to decide which shelf was the best of each category. Several categories were decided by a single vote.
Sponsors and Prizes
First, I’d like to thank the generous sponsors who have provided the prizes. Please use the links below to learn more about the sponsors and their products.
- Chuck Bender and Glen Huey of 360 Woodworking
- Ron Hock of Hock Tools
- Garth Schafer of Time Warp Tool Works
- Vic Tesolin of The Minimalist Woodworker
- John Economaki of Bridge City Tool Works
- Dan Clermont of Ultimate Tools
- Rob Brown of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine
- Megan Fitzpatrick of Popular Woodworking
- Herman Koza of Green Buddy Distributors
I would also like to recognize the judges who took the time to carefully review the shelf submissions and cast their ballots.
- Chuck Bender of 360 Woodworking and Acanthus Workshop
- Dale J. Osowski of Timberwerks
- Darrell Peart
- Dyami Plotke of Penultimate Woodshop and Modern Woodworkers Association
- Glen Huey of 360 Woodworking
- Jamie Hubbard (3rd place winner of the Shop Stool Build-Off)
- Jessica Wong
- Megan Fitzpatrick of Popular Woodworking Magazine
- Neil Cronk (winner of the Shop Stool Build-Off)
In addition to every prize awarded, each winner also will receive a 360 Woodworking Fanatic Membership!
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The winner of this category is certainly no stranger to innovation when it comes to furniture. The award of Most Innovative Design goes to Judson Beaumont and Straight Line Designs.
For their efforts, Popular Woodworking will be sending them a copy of Contemporary Furniture: 17 Elegant Projects You Can Build.
This very creative and original design, carefully crafted, earned Danny Siggers’ shelf the title of Best Concept.
His design has earned him a Kerfmaker from Bridge City Tool Works.
With a very resourcefully-built and arguably wacky design, the shelf built by Brian Prusa edged out other shelves in the categories of Best Use of Materials and Most Off-the-Wall (Figuratively Speaking) Design.
His floating live-edge shelf earned him a copy of Build 25 Beautiful Boxes from Popular Woodworking and a Set of 4 Bench Dogs from Time Warp Tool Works.
I don’t think it’s a surprise to any of us that the wild-looking wall shelf with lots of curves and bent laminations won the prize for the Most Ambitious Design. Eric and his daughter Hailey’s design also earned the title of Most Inspiring Design.
Coming your way will be a 2-year Print or Digital Subscription to Popular Woodworking, and a Woodpeckers Mini Square from Ultimate Tools.
Flair Woodworks Reader’s Choice Awards.
Ballots were scored as follows: 3 points for each #1 vote, 2 points for each #2 vote, and 1 point for each #3 vote. With 171 ballots cast, the maximum number of points that a shelf could score was 513.
Flair Woodworks Reader’s Choice #3 goes to Danny Siggers, whose shelf got 21.5% of possible points. The prize for this category is a 1-year Digital Subscription to Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine.
Flair Woodworks Reader’s Choice #2 goes to David Barlow’s shelf with 30% of possible points.
He will receive a copy of Vic Tesolin’s book, The Minimalist Woodworker: Essential Tools and Small Shop Ideas for Building with Less.
Flair Woodworks Reader’s Choice #1 is awarded to Eric and Hailey Zuehlk, whose shelf attracted 38% of possible points and earned them a signed copy of Ron Hock’s book, The Perfect Edge.
There were three individuals who accurately predicted the top three Flair Woodworks Reader’s Choice. We broke the tie, and the award of a 1-year Digital Subscription to Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine goes to Eric Zuehlk’s brother, Brian. Clearly that family has good taste!
Judges’ Top Picks
Coming in Judges’ Honourable Mention, with 13% of the points from the judges is Matt Kummell’s shelf with impressive angled joinery and eye-catching metal inlay.
Time Warp Tool Works will send him a set of 4 Bench Dogs for a job well done.
Receiving 16% of points from judges, the Judges’ Runner Up is…me and my “Hashtag” shelf for displaying carved letter blocks.
I will be declining the prize of a Kerfmaker from Bridge City Tool Works, since I already own one.
And, taking the Judges’ Top Shelf award with 24% of all awarded points by judges is that wicked design by the Zuehlks.
Well done – Green Buddy Distributors will be sending you a Grex AOS368 Angle Random Orbital Sander.
Remember that you can view all the Wall Shelves built during the #WSBO two day build on this page. Thanks to everybody who participated and voted. See you next time!
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