Thanks to the creativity and hard work of Karson, Mark and Michael we are starting our first unique Woodworking Challenge! Karson sent the proposal to Glen Huey, Senior Editor of Popular Woodworking and asked him for their support in this challenge. Glen whole heartily agreed.
Karson's proposal was to use the cover project from February 2007 issue #160 of Popular Woodworking - Thorsen House Side Table - as our challenge. When we have the Summer and Winter Awards everyone builds their own project, and then enters it into the contest. Now we want everyone to make the same item with the added personal touch. That way we get to see the individual creativity start creeping into the design.
And here goes Karson's vision: "I want to see a Rustic Greene and Greene side table. I want to see a Greene and Greene side table that has been decorated with carvings. I want to see a miniature Greene and Greene side table that was built by someone who only has a jigsaw. I want to see Dusty's 12 step finish on a Greene and Greene side table. I want to see them built out of walnut, butternet, tiger maple, cherry. barn boards Aspen, I want to see them painted (well maybe not full-size) but in miniature. I want to see them with drawers, without drawers. You know what your talents and skills are... so make a Greene and Greene representation of what you have the talent and skills to make."
We want everyone to do their thing, but with the same beginning point.
Plans for the Thorsen House in Berkley Calif. Greene and Greene Side Table (February 2007 issue of PW) are going to serve as the beginning point. If you don't have access to the magazine you can download the plans in PDF format here.
We are taking something of historical significance - Thorsen House Side Table, and want you to find other ways to interpret the work. Your idea has to be inspired by the Thorsen in the sense of the spirit of the work and its function, but the Challenge is to find other ways to express the concept in a new way. It is not expected to take printed plans and make copies of it. The goal of this Challenge is to motivate new expression of the traditional table.
Motivators and Prizes
- Desire to participate in this unique woodworking event through sharing your own view on the project. Add your personal touch not just follow the plan.
- A free 1-year subscription to PW magazine for every author of valid entry (see below for valid entry definition).
- Winning entry will be eligible for running the photo in the printed PW magazine (depends on whether the photos requested from the winner are high enough in resolution quality).
How to Enter and Official Rules
- Just add your entry as the regular project and tag it with challenge01 (of course you may add any additional tags too):
Note that you don't need to use 'challenge01' in your project title.
- Valid entry must be showing a clear, finished attempt to build the table.
- The entry deadline is May 31st (CDT time).
- Entries will be judged by the PW jury consisting of the Editors of Popular Woodworking magazine.
- Winner and honorable mentions will be announced online at LumberJocks.com and Popular Woodworking blog on June 15th.
Let's have fun with this guys, and gals.
P.S. Don't forget to track your progress in your new Blog Series.