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Martin Sojka

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05-04-2007 03:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: summer awards themes

We’re soon going to have LJ Summer Awards time again. You will be able to submit your entries during July and voting will run from August 1st to 7th.

As we discussed after the Winter Awards it would be great to replace Best Creativity and Best Craftsmanship categories with two themes-like categories. So what are your are your suggestions for two cool Summer Awards themes?

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#1 posted 05-04-2007 03:35 PM

Outdoor projects/ Garden projects. : Since many will be working on such.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 05-04-2007 03:48 PM

How about these “Hottest” Design, “Coolest” finish, “Fun in the Sun” for an outdoor project and perhaps best “newbie” award for the lumberjack who has been a member for less than 4 to 6 months. We could even have a boat section. I also like the theme challenge…pick a project, chair, table, bed etc.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#3 posted 05-04-2007 04:18 PM

It would be nice if we cover the major types of posts on the site. Forum, Projects, Blogs and Workshops. Different people contribute in different ways.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 05-04-2007 11:59 PM

Mixed Media!

One Idea I had for a contest – everyone involved mails one other participant any odd piece of wood, and we have to use that in some way – include a before and after photo. (like the old Line-o-graph contests on the kid page of the newspaper). Thus forcing us to think outside the box, and all start with a clean/unknown slate.

(ideally one person would run this contest and could send similar pieces to everyone to keep the playing field level.. but to keep the out-of-pocket cost down, we’d only have to pony up between 4.05 and 8.20 for a BF or two – that, or localish jocks could organize a swap. – too out there?

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

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#5 posted 05-05-2007 12:13 AM

I like that idea Scott, but I’d be concerned about the cost. Not just of the wood but also of the shipping.

If we could carry it around that would be OK.

We have some eastern seaboard people (North and Mid)
Great Lakes people,
Cal People.

I don’t know if you could state the wood to be used and the creator would have to get his/her own.

If it’s not available then some alternate wood could be suggested.

I’ve seen or heard about make a toy from a 2×4 or something like that. But I’d rather make something more substantial that you’d want to keep, or give, or sell.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 05-05-2007 01:15 AM

I was thinking of roots, burls, or other interesting found items on our respective properties… I think if we put enough heads together logistics could be worked out (someday).

Also it seemed quite the opposite of the Thorsen Table contest.

-- 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 05-05-2007 03:04 PM

OK, sports fans, how about every one must use a species that’s native to their area? To make it even more interesting, how about if one of the requirements is that the LJ use free, (i.e., standing dead or fallen) wood to emphasize the renewable nature of our craft. (Damn! that sounded pretty good. I’m thinking press release here.) Any submission would need to have a few pix showing the wood in situ, being prepped, and in progress. You know, I think that I spent too much time hanging out with attorneys prior to my “retirement.”

All goofing around aside, those two criteria plus a size/weight limit ought to do it. As far as meeting the contest criteria proposed herein, it all hinges on trust and integrity. If it comes to light that a winner has cheated, we would need to have a ceremony in which the cretinous crook is stripped of his/her shop apron and has all of his/her band saw blades broken.

OK, too much coffee here. Back to the caverns.

P.S. – Scott – I like the do. I’ll have to put out a shot of me just like the one you have. Lookin’ good, Mr. Cotter!

-- JWB

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Martin Sojka

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#8 posted 05-05-2007 05:06 PM

Thanks for the feedback everybody.

I’d like to make one point clear. Summer Awards will have exactly same model as the recent Winter Awards since that concept was very well received and the overall consensus was positive. That means that Awards are devoted only to projects – one entry per category per author. Then voting by LumberJocks using an anonymous 1st – 5th pick system. This system is already coded and is running automatically so I have no intention to tweak it for blog entries or something else for our twice a year Awards. We’re soon going to have some cool Challenges with partners for blogs etc. But that’s the another topic.

After discussing the Winter Awards once they were finished many of you had mentioned that it would be cool to replace Best Craftsmanship and Best Creativity categories with more tightly focused ones – something like themes. I want to keep two categories/themes for the Summer Awards and expand the number in the Winter. So we just need to come up with two great themes. You can see the original discussion here. There were some great ideas like:

  • Toys theme
  • Green theme
  • 2×4 theme
  • Heirloom rocker theme

Plus we have some great ideas mentioned in this thread:

  • Outdoor theme
  • Garden theme
  • Coolest finish theme
  • Mixed media theme
  • Native species theme

The main pro of the themed categories is, as Ethan said:
”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.”

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

So if we can generate enough theme ideas as soon as possible I can set up quick one week poll to determine two most popular and then I can announce the themes around the May-June so you have enough time to work on the projects till the end of July and I will have enough time to find some good sponsors ;)

Hope this info is helpful. Keep the ideas coming please.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 05-05-2007 05:46 PM

I was thinking about making something out of one, 8 foot 2×4, or possibly two 8 foot 2×4s, & make whatever you can imagine.

Everyone should have an available source for 2×4s.

-- -** 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 05-05-2007 06:02 PM

The themes sounds like a good idea, similar to the Thorsen table challenge if you will. The theme, a table with your own interpretation added.

I think the catagories above are pretty good, but maybe add an indoor theme as well. There is something to be said for pairs of opposites – indoor vs outdoor, new vs recycled, dark wood vs light wood, etc.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 05-05-2007 06:25 PM

For what it’s worth, I think Dick’s idea is terrific and keeps the economic side of participating possible for everyone.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 05-05-2007 08:03 PM

Green is popular now, anything ecofriendly, so maybe someone was right saying we should make something we found laying on the ground and have them take a picture of it where they found it. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 05-06-2007 04:52 AM

The possibilities are endless, I’m with you guys! LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 05-06-2007 05:48 AM

We’ll definately have the 2×4 contest (using just one, or two, is a great idea) – after that a single sheet of plywood contest (and you have to use the whole thing!)

Green is also a must do whether we do these next or on down the line is cool with me.

Mixed media would also get us to stretch ourselves too.

Im sure we can generate a list to cover years worth of contest and Martin can pull the next one out of a hat (majority vote works too)

agreed on keeping the contest format as the winter contests

-- 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 05-10-2007 01:24 AM

Martin I was also thinking of “Sonething with Doors” and “Somethnig with Drawers”. Not to exclude “Something with Doors and Drawers”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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