Winter Awards finished, prizes sent

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 02-13-2007 10:34 PM 1501 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Uff.. it was really time consuming to order and send all prizes. However it should be expected when I decided to reward ten voters in addition to winners and runner ups in two categories. But now I’m happy – grinning ear to ear as Debbie said ;)

So expect your prizes in the coming days – hopefully most of them will be delivered next week. And start thinking about your entries for the Summer Awards because it is never too soon.

It seems like we will continue with this successful format. It was great improvement after the Summer 2006 contest. Once again, thanks for all the feedback and ideas after the problems we experienced back then.

The only dilemma I have is whether to show all entries in the results or not. I know the consensus was to show just top five entries but I got few PMs asking me about how many points the senders’ entries received. I will not be able to respond to each one of these requests in the future because the number of entries will be growing. But we can discuss this in the summer…

This was one great contest. THANK YOU!

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#1 posted 02-13-2007 11:28 PM


Well done.

I wonder whether there should be a requirement that the work offered in the competition must be a recent work, e.g. say completed within the last 12 months? Just a thought?

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#2 posted 02-14-2007 01:10 AM

Martin, I really like how the voting worked out for the Winter Contest. I don’t really see where any changes should be made for the next contest at this point.

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#3 posted 02-14-2007 05:21 AM

I like Tony’s idea, but… it can be difficult to monitor that aspect of a contest.

One thing that might make it easier is by having themed contests… I think that adds a bit of intirgue to it, and might even make judging a little easier. An open contest, where you could have anything from a pen to a full bedroom set, makes it hard to compare two pieces with each other, much less comparing them to another 48.

With a themed contest, even something pretty general, like “toys”, leaves you open to lots of possibilities. Anything that can be played with can be a toy, so you could make tops or wooden cars or trains or even something intricate like an inlaid backgammon or chess board, including all the carved pieces.

Or maybe something “Green”, like a recycled wood contest; the only requirement being the majority of the wood needs to have been recycled in some way (similar to the pallet contest found here – an Aussie inspiration).

I’m sure there are a hundred different “themed” contest ideas out there. We could even take a poll to determine which one to use.

But judging 50 entries that are all at least based on the same theme levels the judges playing field, so to speak.

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 02-14-2007 06:10 AM

Martin, I like Ethan’s idea. In this project, I referred to a 2×4 project where the only material allowed is a standard wall stud; nominal 2”x4” 8’ wall stud.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 02-14-2007 06:23 AM

(smacks forehead with heal of hand)

Yeah, THAT was the themed contest our guild had this past summer… couldn’t think of it to save my life! Thanks, Don.

-- Ethan,

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#6 posted 02-14-2007 06:33 AM

Maybe one general contest and one themed contest? I LOVE the theme idea.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 02-14-2007 06:43 AM

I support the Themed Idea derived from a consensus.

Imagine how many different perspectives of one theme could be achieved?

I think it is implicit that if a LJ says “this is my work completed in the last six months” that the statement is accepted without hesitation.

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#8 posted 02-14-2007 01:04 PM

I like the theme idea as well—as an add-on so that everyone is able to enter at least one of the categories.

as for points, I think you have 2 options that are easy for you, Martin:
1) only the winners points will be shared. Period.
2) all points are listed.

I can understand people wanting to know how they did after entering the contest so I think I’m leaning towards #2: if you are afraid of being at the bottom of the list then don’t enter ??? That’s how competitions work: some “win” and some “don’t”.

(I also liked the craftsmanship category as well as the creativity category)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 02-14-2007 01:21 PM

I like the theme idea. It challenges a person’s mind, & creativity. I have entered a few themed contests, but never any that the contestants did the judging. This could make it very interesting.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 02-14-2007 06:03 PM

I’m glad everyone likes the themed idea … I’m looking forward to all of your entries.

I got my next theme. An heirloom rocker.

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#11 posted 02-14-2007 06:33 PM

Chris Baylor from About : woodworking gave a nice follow up to the contest. That is how I found about about Lumberjocks was thru his free email.


-- Dusty

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#12 posted 02-14-2007 07:09 PM

I was originally thinking about theming the Winter Awards but I was afraid that we’d not have enough entries because themes have narrow focus. So I decided to go with more general categories – Creativity and Craftsmanship.

But we can definitely try the themes approach in the Summer edition. I agree with Ethan that there are many great themes to choose from.

Themes can just replace Creativity and Craftsmanship categories. Combining both together would make it too complex.

Thanks for posting those 2 options for the results, Debbie. I also tend to think that all entries should be listed because everybody can decide whether to enter the contest or not. hmm…

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#13 posted 02-14-2007 08:46 PM

Martin – I will put my vote in for a theme contest. I will also say the just participating in the contest however it is organized and participating in this website makes all of us winners. Being exposed to all this talent and support serves to make all of us explore the edges of our own envelopes. Thanks for a great place to learn and share!


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#14 posted 02-15-2007 06:57 AM

If you’re afraid of limited entries in the contest, just announce the theme a little earlier to give us time to plan and execute. I haven’t noticed how much lead time magazine sponsored contests are, probably different depending on the project scope.

Looks like a consensus so far… and the options abound! how exciting!... Personally, I’d enter a themed contest even if we weren’t competing, but just to see how diverse (or similar) our ideas were.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#15 posted 02-15-2007 02:32 PM

I’m with you, Scott—the themes would be a good challenge for people, perhaps taking them into an area that they’ve never done before. I see this used often in photography—getting hte creative juices flowing. It is also a good teaching tool.
When I attended a photography workshop I was given the subject “RED” as the focus of my presentation. It was challenging to mare quality, creative images in this way. It was also really exciting once you got in the right “head space” with it.

(oh, and if you watch the video on the workshop site, I’m in the video and it is my truck that is used for the unique photo location)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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