Submission Deadline Extended until May 4th at midnight PST


Fresh Wood is an industry-sponsored competition intended for the next generation of serious woodworking students who are anticipating a career in the wood and related industries.The contest is open to students in North America. There is no entry fee.





The competition is divided between High School and Post-Secondary levels. The entry categories are as follows:
  1. Seating - Includes chairs and other seating pieces such as ottomans, benches and settees. Piece may be upholstered. Comfort, stability and aesthetics are primary. NOTE: Seating pieces must function as such. Judges WILL test the strength of joints by sitting on chairs (however, general public access to all pieces on display during the AWFS®Fair will be restricted). 
  2. Tables - Includes functional, decorative occasional tables, gaming tables, stands. Emphasis is on design integrity, craftsmanship, joinery, and aesthetics.
  3. Case Goods - Includes bedframes, shelving and storage systems, dressers, desks, cabinets.  Choice of materials, construction methods and joinery will be considered.
  4. Design for Production - Calling all design students! Do you have a product or concept that you are ready to introduce to market? This category is for all designs intended for manufacture, including mass-produced commercial or residential furniture, office furniture, universal designs, RTA, public seating and more. CNC production designs and methods are encouraged but not required. Prepare to describe your concept through marketing-themed questions and finalist illustration board, addressing topics such as price point and market intent.
  5. 2017 Special Theme: Lighting - This is the category for lamps, task lights, accent lights, hanging lights, outdoor lighting...if it makes light, you can enter it! All lighting needs to plug into a 110/120 volt North American electrical outlet.
  6. Open Category - Anything Goes! No restrictions on style, materials or percent of wood used. Pieces should have originality and be functional. This is the place for projects that don’t easily fit other categories, such as musical instruments and clocks.



Entry Instructions

 1.  Schools/instructors must complete the online School Registration Form before student entries will be accepted. Instructors may also request printed "Contest Rules and Information" for student distribution and Fresh Wood / Turning to the Future posters here. 

2.  Students must Register Online here at Artcall and Create a User Profile.

3.  After a User Profile is created, log back into the Artcall website. Once you are logged in, click on the Add New Submission button. Here you will choose either High School or Post Secondary from the Category drop-down menu. Next choose either Seating, Tables, Case Goods, Design for Production, 2017 Special Theme: Lighting, or Open Category from the Sub-Category drop-down menu. Type in the name of your project in the Title section. Type in the Dimensions of your project in inches and the Project Weight of your piece in pounds. 

4.  Students must answer the online questions. Do NOT include your name, your school’s name, your location, or any other information that may identify you, your teacher, or your woodworking program when answering the Online Questions. The questions are as follows:

    1.) What is your inspiration for this piece? OR If the piece is a reproduction, explain whether your intent was to make an authentic reproduction or if you have intentionally changed some details?
    2.) What are your project goals?  Did you use a unique process, design element, or construction method?
    3.) Did you experience any design or construction challenges? How did you solve them?
    4.) What type of wood(s) did you use? What wood products did you use? What type of finish did you use? (or intend to use if finish coat is not yet applied at time of entry)
    5.) Did you use of any special equipment, design software, jigs, or hardware? Were any of these new to you?
    6.) List if any manufactured parts were used, or if any other persons or companies were involved in the process (i.e. upholstery, veneering, metalwork, turned pieces, etc.), THIS MUST BE DISCLOSED!!!  

NOTE: It may be a good idea to type your answers in Microsoft Word first, then copy and paste your answers into the online form.

5.  If you are entering the “Design for Production” category there are three (3) additional questions

    7.) What is the intended market or client for this product?
    8.) How would you market this product? What is the price-point?
    9.) How has the piece been designed and engineered for production efficiency? How would this product be shipped?

6.  Photos: Upload four (4) photos of the completed project using the Add Attachment button on the Add Entry Attachments page of the submission. Three (3) from different views plus one (1) detail shot. Upload these photos as JPEG files. Note: Preliminary review by judges is heavily reliant on the photos. It is to your advantage to submit the best quality possible. (Many students hire a
     professional photographer or employ the services of their advisor or the photography department at their school for this task.)

7.  Construction Photos/Documentation: Upload at least one (1) additional image showing the project during construction, or project plans, drawings, or working sketches. (Judges will not score based on the quality of construction documentation, but will use them as reference). If submitting photos, crop or remove people from the images.

8.  Download the Fresh Wood Student Release Form 2017
     You, your instructor, and your parent or guardian (if you are under 18) must sign this form to enter this contest. After you get all of the signatures, scan the Release Form and upload it as a JPEG or PDF on the Add Entry Attachments page.  

NOTE: You should have six (6) total attachments in your submission.

9.  Only complete submissions will be accepted.  You may edit your answers and/or submission photos and documents at any time until the May 1, 2017 deadline. After the deadline no submissions or changes will be permitted. 


Questions? Contact Adam Kessler at (585) 465-9613;