|Forum topic by StumpyNubs||posted 11-05-2011 08:27 PM||6425 views||3 times favorited||236 replies|
11-05-2011 08:27 PM
UPDATE: The voting is over, the auction is ongoing, please visit the “WRAPUP THREAD” and leave your comments there. Thanks again for all the votes- every single one was very much appreciated!
If you are new to this thread- here’s the original instructions. But since the voting has ended they do not apply anymore. Background: Charles Neil, perhaps one of the most well known professional woodworkers in America today, challenged yours truly (Stumpy Nubs) to a friendly competition. It is not intended to decide who the best woodworker is, it is merely about which of these two boxes are best. The winner can certify himself the world’s greatest craftsman anytime he likes.
How the judging occured: LJ members just read the instructions, looked at the photos and left their decision in the comment section below. This wasn’t meant to be a simple vote for which one you like best. There are three specific categories upon which each box must be judged:
1. Form & Concept: This is the “style” category. How much does the craftsman’s design appeal to you? Is the overall form attractive and unique? Rate this category from 1-10.
2. Joinery & Construction: This is the “skill” category. Did the craftsman build the box to last? Did he create a proper balance of strength and beauty with his selection of joint types? How well were those joints executed? How difficult were the joints, and what level of skill do they reveal? Rate this category from 1-10.
3. Function & Usefulness: This is the “practicality” category. The rules stated that the purpose of the “box or small cabinet” must be to sit on an end table and hold a remote control and whatever else a person would want nearby. Did the craftsman follow those rules in his design? How useful would this box be on the average living room end table? Does the box display a significant level of thought about what a person may want to use such a box for and application of those ideas into the design? Rate this category from 1-10.
EXAMPLE: You may make any comments you like, but your vote should also include something like this (substitute whatever numbers you deem appropriate for the categories):
AUCTION FOR CHARITY: The original rules of this contest stated that Charles and I would give our boxes to each other in an effort to ensure that neither craftsman invested an excessive amount of money in an effort to win. Since then I agreed to alter those rules to allow for the boxes to be auctioned off and the proceeds to be donated to charity. Well, SOMETHING HAS COME UP. A couple of days ago, while I was working on this build my father-in-law died suddenly. So I have decided that, instead of selling my box, I am going to give it as a condolence gift. Charles will still be auctioning his off for charity, but that auction can not be held until after the judging ends and it is revealed which box he built. So judge now, and if you like, you’ll be given the opportunity to bid later. Sorry for the confusion, but death in the family trumps the proposed sale of any box.
So without further adeu- here’s the entries…
This unique box is an eclectic mixture of long standing period forms that cut across many furniture periods and geographical regions. The box is constructed using claro walnut and antique tiger maple. The wood tones and extreme figure compliment and enhance each other. The secret compartment in the bottom of the box adds to the uniqueness of the design and adds an element of surprise for the user. The box uses conventional internally reinforced miters. The box demonstrates how well known forms can be combined to create a new innovative design.
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