2017 Contest Winners

Thank you to all the entrants and winners for sharing your joy and talent around the world - you have reached the hearts of many, thrilled us with your designs, inspired new creativity and raised the bar for next year.

139 winners were selected from 2,014 entries!


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Dye Stains Winners

1st Place: "Mossy Oak"

By Sandy Roe, Artistic Designer at Sandy Roe, Artistic Designer in Medford, WI.

Spotting an ad in the local buy/sell group, I snagged this piece that was stated to be from the 1970s.  Knowing furniture, I knew the construction/design was much earlier than said era.  It had been painted, and painted, and painted, then decals stuck on to embellish!  Oh My!  Hauled it home, with the help of my faithful husband..began stripping away layers upon layers of paint - then sanding...

2nd Place: Ladies Vanity

By Furniture Art Studio in Toledo, OH.

3rd Place: ReDesigned Hepplewhite Tall Boy

By Jilian, Owner at ReFind Design by Coco Clare in Algonquin, IL.


Runner Up: Land of the midnight sky

By Just Chic in Anchorage, AK.

Runner Up: Burl Wood Desk

By Denise Beatty, Owner/Designer at Designs by Dee in White House, TN.

Runner Up: Stained Chair

By Elena Isaykina in Santa Clara, CA.

Mad Scientist "Create a New Color" (Popular Vote) Winners

1st Place: Peacock Dresser

By Janelle Goodie, Owner/Designer at The Goodie Girl Shoppe in Redlands, CA.

After coming home from a trip to the beach, I was inspired to blend up a batch of General Finishes milk paints using all the wonderful blues and greens! This piece was finished completely with General Finishes products.

The dresser was painted using a custom blend of 1 part Patina Green, 2 parts Emerald, 2 parts Coastal Blue and 1 part Corinth Blue Milk Paints which created a wonderful peacock...

2nd Place: Boho chic chest!

By Katie Clemente, Furniture Artist at Katie Clemente Studios in CHARLESTON, SC.

3rd Place: The Perfect Turquoise

By Coleman Houseknecht, Owner at Belle Maison in Madison, AL.


Runner-Up: Crushin on Coral Dresser

By Sarah Copeland at Lily Pond Boutique in White Bear Lake, MN.

Runner-Up: Swan Lake Dressing Table

By Tessa at Room Thirteen, Brighton, UK, Owner at Room Thirteen in Brighton, GB

Runner-Up: Rockin' Retro Teal

By Claudia Whitcraft at Vintage Soul Barn in Lebanon, IN.

Mid-Century Modern Makeover Winners

1st Place: Coral & Grey Mid Century Geometric Tallboy//my first ever GF project

By Door Thirty Four in Orpington, Kent, GB

My first tin of 'seagull grey' had arrived. Actually my first ever purchase from the General Finishes range. And this is what I made with it...one of my all time favourite projects.

This tallboy really was a labour of love. Collected from a house clearance it was covered in a sticky plastic film - not quite laminate not quite stickyback plastic. Whatever it was, I still remember trying to peel...

2nd Place: MCM --------

By Karie Bogart, Owner at Flipping Fabulous Salina

3rd Place: Coastal Blue MCM Console

By Jen Green, Owner at Green Spruce Designs in Vienna, VA.


Runner-Up: Mid-Century Geometric Design with Antique White

By April Hyde, Owner at RAWHyde Furnishings in Nashville, TN.

Runner-Up: Black + White Colorblocked Mid-Century Dresser

By Lee, Owner at Bee's Knees Custom Designs in Anoka, MN.

Runner-Up: Modern Majestic Masterpiece

By Jean at Mockingbirds Kottage in Queensbury, NY.

Masterpiece Transfers Winners

1st Place: 'Circe' Antique Depression-Era Dresser

By Diane Llewellyn Grover from The Paint Factory, Brush Tamer at The Paint Factory in Hillsboro, OR.

It was a beautiful piece as-is.  Gorgeous lines and carvings.  Solid construction.  Just lovely.

And as lovely as it was, I knew it could be exquisite.  I knew exactly the image that I would use.  'Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses' by John William Waterhouse (1891). But as much as I love to do image transfer, I was a little nervous about how the piece would be received.  It's a piece that you...

2nd Place: Gypsy Queen

By Jt and Stacy Walls, Owners at Honey Do This in Laurel, MS.

3rd Place: A Little French

By Kayla at The Frayed Knot Antiques and Design in Hernando, MS.


Runner-Up: Lady of Shalott Table

By Lori Holdread at Sophistafunk Furniture in Trinidad, CO.

Runner-Up: Rodeo Champ

By Rhonda Dracoulis, Owner at RK3 Designs in Seguin, TX.

Runner-Up: Alice in Wonderland Desk

By Painted Lady by Barbara Boyles, Owner at PAINTED LADY BY BARBARA BOYLES in North Little Rock, AR.

DIY Hobbyist Upcycled Furniture Winners

1st Place: French Country Farmhouse Glam Dining Room

By Jennifer Ann Favata

My husband and I dreamed of a farm table and cane back Louis chairs for years, so when we bought this Florida ranch home and saw we had the space for such a large dining table, we had to go for it! We found these Louis chairs on craigslist (for a steal!!), and of course, they were beachy and coastal, completely the wrong style for our newly painted, light grey walls. Basically, 1992 called,...


Runner-Up: Mahogany end tables

By Michele in Duluth, MN.

Runner-Up: Driftwood Side Table

By washburn_morning_wood in Washburn, WI.

Cabinetry: Paint Or Stain (Merit Judging) Winners

1st Place: Cabinets by finish pro

By Louis

Refinished from dark stain to grey with black glaze. I used General Finishes Stain Blocker on the island to prevent bleed through from the previous finish -  a very red stain! 

2nd Place: Let's Lighten It Up

By Jessica Gilbert/Deb Alexander, Owners at Boutique Unique in Glasgow, KY.

3rd Place: Centery Farm/Farmhouse update

By Kimberly at 400 Rustic Station in whittemore, IA.


Runner-Up: Classic Chic Kitchen Makeover

By The Rustic Seahorse, Owner

Runner-Up: Thrifty Designs Java gel stained kitchen

By Java Gel stained kitchen, Interior Designer at Thrifty Designs

Runner-Up: Glam Kitchen

By Meaghan Wolf, Owner at Metamorphosis Design in Carmel, IN.

Bling it on U.S.A.(Merit Judging) Winners

1st Place: "Abstract Gold Leaf " Credenza

By Susan Tuthill, Owner at REHABArt, LLC www.rehabart.com in Fort Mill, SC.

This GORGEOUS credenza features our newest finish called the "Abstract Gold Leaf". Showcasing AUTHENTIC 24 KARAT GOLD LEAF, this exquisitely unique design is inspired by the beautiful gold leaf paintings normally seen on canvas today.

Since I absolutely love creating designs that intergrate a "Modern Marries Rustic" style, I decided to give it a go and tried to recreate this artistic painting...

2nd Place: Bombay Chest & Mirror in "Hammered & Aged Copper"

By Mark DeRemer, Owner/Operator at Refurbished Gentleman, LLC

3rd Place: The Eclipse

By Cindy Collins, Owner, Designer at Romancing the Home at Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors in Buford, GA.


Runner-Up: Isn't she Lovely

By Julee Smith, Creator at Tillie's in Jackson, OH.

Runner-Up: Modern Metallic Dining Set

By RESTYLE by Kristin Forbes in Canton, OH.

Runner-Up: Metallic Magic Jewelry Box

By Melissa Flippin, Owner/Artist at Flippotential Custom Finishes in Wheelock, TX.

Anything Goes (Merit Judging) Winners

1st Place: The Lioness

By Amanda Dillon, Artist at Mettle Modern Design in Navarre, FL.

This aged oak bar was refinished in loads of layers. Sanded and cleaned, then primed and base coated, the piece was then glazed, top coated, and waxed with three shades of wax. 

2nd Place: Otomi Clock

By Marc James at The Blue Fallow

3rd Place: Point Me in the Right Direction

By Trudy Spooner at T-Spoon of Sugar in PE, CA


Runner-Up: Custom Blended Eastlake Dresser

By Becky Herrmann, Owner at For Love of the Paint in Round Rock, TX.

Runner-Up: Ash Live Edge Coffee Table

By Jarred Fedor at Fedor Woods

Runner-Up: Circle Of Love

By Tammy Schultz, owner at Redesigned Frame Of Mind in Acme, PA.

Creative Winners

1st Place: "May Angels Guard You Through the Night Bed Frame

By Barbara Hansen, Artist at MetamorfozaFurniture in 09-411 BIAŁA, PL

Idea of Angel Wings on the Headboard of bed was with me for a long time...I just needed Bedframe demeged enough to experiment on it. 

I used soft masa clay and molded sculptured and carved each feather by hand and create wings.

Stencil with Quote was custom designed and made for me by Agnieszka HagArt. 

I used Miss Lillian's Texture Magic to create background looking like Old World Plaster and...

2nd Place: Ode To Breanna

By Jeff Davis, Owner at Real Faux Decorative Finishes in Greenwood, IN.

3rd Place: 'Mariah' peony dresser

By Tracy Lee at Tracylee A Southern Junkin' Princess in Candler, NC.


Runner-Up: The "Oops" that turned out Better than the Plan

By Lisa Vassallo at Timeless Furniture Resto by Lisa in Manahawkin, NJ.

Runner-Up: Cedar Chest

By Ashley Olson at Eden Elyse Design Co. in Stillwater, MN.

Runner-Up: The Ocean Awaits

By KT Lyons at KT Lyons Design

Country Chic Winners

1st Place: Farmhouse Charm

By Debbie, Owner and founder of "Vintage Sisters", Owner at Vintage Sisters in Jacksonville, FL.

This beauty was painted with General Finishes Patina green, lightly distressed, Dark waxed and Glazed with General Finishes Tawny Pearl effects. 

2nd Place: Shabby Chic Antique Dressing Table

By Vicki Zaleska, Owner at The Shabby Shack in Hernando, MS.

3rd Place: Winter White Antique Cabinet

By Missy, Owner, Creator, and Blogger at Gypsy Magpie


Runner-Up: Modern Farmhouse Sofa Table

By Julia Harrison at Boxwood & Brass

Runner-Up: Chippy Goodness

By Rusted & Rescued, Owner

Runner-Up: Textured Farm Table

By Fresh Paint, Owner in Starkville, MS.

Jiving With Gel Stain Winners

1st Place: Antique Buffet

By Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations, Owner

Painted in a custom mixed color of Queenstown Gray and Lamp Black. The wood areas are stained with Java Gel and whole body sealed with HPTC Satin. I gave this piece a medium distress in all the right spots! 

2nd Place: Vintage Double Highboy

By Reloved by Lori in Sparta, NJ.

3rd Place: 1800's Sideboard

By J&P Designs, Owners


Runner-Up: Empire Beauty

By Laura Clark at Hardt Restorations in St. Charles, MO.

Runner-Up: Roaring 1920s Era Dresser in Driftwood & Refinished Veneers

By Jennifer Cahill, Owner at Trillium Park Designs, Olympia WA

Runner-Up: The Timeless Tiger

By Courtney Cole, Owner at Twig & Thyme Design in Sterling, VA.

The Classics: Black Or White Winners

1st Place: Antique China Hutch

By Carrie Buchholz Stevermer

This Beauty was a Beast, a solid antique one piece china hutch finished in GF Lamp Black.  Her stunning beauty was enhanced throughout in an antique gold.  She includes all her original hardware and a beautifully stenciled backboard. She's got great storage space with 3 drawers lined in a printed burlap fabric and 2 cupboards painted in a two-tone of red and Lamp Black to match the backboard.


2nd Place: The Crooner Chest of Drawers

By Vanessa Gilroy at The Vantique Junktion, Langley, B.C.

3rd Place: Elegant Secretary Desk

By Royal Reincarnations, Owner/ Designer in Rosenhayn, NJ.


Runner-Up: Indonesian Buffet

By Alexander Fraire at Vintage Allure by Fraire

Runner-Up: Vintage Carved Dresser

By Julie Donovan, Artist at VintagelessJules in Wheaton, IL.

Repurposed To A New Use Winners

1st Place: Island Spice

By Kristen, Owner/Creative Designer at thatFLIPPINFURNITUREgirl in Portage, IN.

I have wanted to create a kitchen island from a desk for quite some time... I just needed the right client to believe in my vision!

Enter my repeat client Carla, a vintage desk and 8 ft of an old weathered table top... and the fun began!

This project didn't come with "plans", I had to make them up as I went along. It was challenging and exciting all at the same time.

 Construction was a huge...

2nd Place: Breakroom Barrels

By Mike Reddy, President at All Access Adaptations, LLC in Booneville, AR.


Runner-Up: Farmhouse Nook

By Cindy, Owner/ Designer at Kenzie Lynn Designs in Trout Valley, IL.

Runner-Up: Record Player turned Bar Cabinet

By Jessica Wollin, Owner/Designer at Flipping Unbelievable in Green Bay, WI.

Runner-Up: French Spool table on wheels

By Terrys Tweaked Tiques, Boho Desert at https://www.facebook.com/terrystweakedtiques in Browns Mills, NJ.

Pre-Made Unfinished Furniture Winners

1st Place: A Book Cabinet to Remember

By Alisha from Alameda, CA

After months of searching for the perfect book cabinet and not finding anything I loved, I finally decided to order a custom unfinished piece. Fenton MacLaren's in Berkeley, CA made this alder bookcase for me and I was beyond excited to finish it! I used a combination of Seagull Gray and Persian Blue to create a beautiful color to match my living room. I then used Champagne Pearl mixed with...

2nd Place: The TARDIS!

By Allison Bandt, Co-Creative Director at Said Your Way Studio in Auburn, IN.

3rd Place: Turquoise transformation

By Julee Smith, Creator at Tillie's in Jackson, OH.

Smashing Shades Of Gray Winners

1st Place: 'THE QUEEN'

By Q Uitta Allen, Artist Owner at All Shabbed Out Vintage Collection in SHERMAN, TX.

She truly shines on her own found hidden in a garage her deep carvings of mahogany needed a few touches of gf Queenstown Gray, highlighted with copper, pearl effects sanded lightly with Gf high performance poly top coat. She is just that, The Queen. 

2nd Place: Ornate and Elegant Linen Cabinet

By Beverley at Revamped in Drogheda, LH, IE

3rd Place: MCM Seagull grey

By Homewithally, Miss


Runner-Up: Seagull Gray Baby

By Maja Komasa, MRS at ReLoved by Maja Komasa in Wągrowiec, PL

Runner-Up: Greige Desk

By Chris Swearingen at Remember When Furniture

Instructional/Demonstration Videos

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Upcycled Furniture Video Winners

Runner-Up: Got Furry Wood?

By Cheri Bandt, Owner at Said Your Way Studio in Auburn, IN.

Got Furry Wood? Tips on how to prevent grain raise peel up when making stenciled wood signs.

1st Place: General Finishes Gel Stain Refinish

By Nicole D, Owner at Dolce Mira in Newtown Square, PA.

Have you been thinking about refinishing your own piece for the first time?  Maybe you inherited a wooden table, but it has seen better days.  Using the right tools and high quality products, you can transform that old table into a piece that naturally fits in to your home.  Today is the day to start that project, and here are the tips to help you succeed.  Grab your brushes, put down a drop...

Woodworking Video Winners

Runner-Up: Distress and Glazing with Glaze Effects

By Mike Reddy, President at All Access Adaptations, LLC in Booneville, AR.

A quick video highlighting the use of General Finishes Water Based Finishes with an emphasis on distressing and using General Finishes Glaze Effects Van Dyke Brown to highlight those distressed marks.

1st Place: Book Matched Live-Edge Sequoia Dining Table Finished with Arm-R-Seal

By Ryan Hubbard at Hubbard's Handmade in Keizer, OR.

A local Sawyer saved this sequoia tree from being disposed of in a chipper. I bought a set of book matched slabs and made a big dining table or conference table out of them. I stored the slabs for a while until they were dry enough to work with.

Using a circular saw, I made sure the joint in the middle was straight and met up nicely. I used a Festool Domino to align the two halves and glued...

European Treasures

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1st Place: Antionette

By Antionette, Patricia Devlin in Dungannon, Tyrone BT717TQ, GB

My journey for my inspiration began with a newspaper article I read about Louis XVI King of France, but more interestingly his wife Marie Antionette the Queen of exquisite taste.  She amassed artworks of extraordinary opulence and beauty.  Particularly her furniture collection, the extravagant life of Queen Marie is surrounded by elegant French furniture and fabrics, very beautiful designs...

2nd Place: Ginkgo Biloba elegance

By Wanda McKenna, Mrs at Monkey Décor in Navan, MH, IE

Wood Turning

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Best Wood Turning Project Winners

Beginning Wood Turners (with less than one year of experience) Winners

1st Place: Live Edge Oak Bowl

By Ethan McCrary

This was my first green turned bowl and it turned out really well. There was only one major crack that I filled with brass dust and CA glue. I wanted to preserve the wood feel of the bowl so I only finished it with mineral oil. This has the added benefit of being food safe. The end result was a smooth finish that can be easily reapplied.

2nd Place: Cheese knife with Celtic knot

By Ian Davenport at Davenport's Handmade in Leeds, GB

Handmade wood turning project. The handle is made of Purple Heart wit a spalted beech Celtic knot inlay. 

The Purple Heart was cut to length then cut at 45deg to put a spalted beech segment in then glued back together. The piece was then rotated 90 deg and repeated then again another two rotations. The completed piece was then placed on the lathe between centers and turned to shape. 

Once the...

Conventional Finished Edge Bowls Winners

1st Place: Big Leaf Maple Burl Bowl

By Philip Wilson at Wilson's Woodturnings in Clearwater, FL.

I filled the rather large voids with a mixture of epoxy and French Roast coffee grounds. The whole project was sanded to 600 grit before applying 3 coats of EnduroVar, while still on the lathe. I lightly sanded with 600 grit paper after each coat, and ended by using the 3 step Beall buffing system (tripoli, white diamond, and carnauba wax).

2nd Place: Ambrosia Delight

By Chris in TN.

This is a Ambrosia Maple bowl and is probably one of my favorite woods to work with. I love the coloring In this bowl. 

Conventional Natural Edge Bowls Winners

1st Place: Contrast in color

By Cory Mullenaux in Safford, AZ.

This is a Pistachio bowl with black epoxy inlay . The finish used on this piece is deft sanding sealer and deft lacquer. I sanded between coats with 400 grit . It has 2 coats of sanding sealer and 4 coats of lacquer. I'm pleased with the wood colors and contrast .

Conventional Spindle & Legs Winners

1st Place: Mallet

By Kreg Hamburger at Kreg Hamburger Productions, LLC in Denver, CO.

Silver Maple turned from a simple block into a beautiful tool Mallet. 

Creative Finish Color Winners

1st Place: Earth on Fire

By Ric Taylor in Houston, TX.

“Earth On Fire” is a piece of Buckeye Burl wood was recovered from a trash pile.  It had been ravaged by the effects of weather, rot, worms and insects and was simply thrown away.  In its natural healthy state, Buckeye Burl is a beautiful colorful wood of dark and light grays and yellows.  The wood was turned into a sphere and the natural colors were enhanced with dyes of black, red, orange...

Decorated & Embellished Surface Winners

1st Place: Acoma Strong

By Michael Alguire, Machinist/woodturner in Datil, NM.

Acoma Strong is made from Bradford pear with the basket illusion technique applied, I chose this name because the acoma pattern is so prominent and seemed fitting. I had so much fun with this piece especially the photos, I know this shot doesn't show the form very good but I just feel in love with this shot, it gives it the real basket feel to it, it is 6.750"x6" and a total of 10,944 squares...

Hollow Vessels With Or Without Lids/or Finials Winners

1st Place: Ebonized Florida Cherry / Live Oak Final

By Artisticturning, Owner

I have taken a log section of Florida Cherry and turned and hollowed a vessel that is about 11" tall and 8" wide. I applied a basketweave texture to the exterior with pyrography(Woodburning), I also added additional texture with a power carver. I then took a slice of Live Oak Burl and made a lid. the exterior and lid were ebonized and the exterior was given a finish with Gel Topcoat.

2nd Place: Hollow Vessel with Finial and Base

By Sonny Gibson at Tralia Turnings

This Hollow Vessel was power sanded to 600 grit. After sanding I applied 2 thick coats of medium CA glue to the Maple vessel. After shooting a light coat of accelerator the vessel was re-sanded to 600 grit. At this time I buffed the surface with VONAX with a white diamond buffing wheel made by BEAL BUFFING system. The ebony finial, collar, and base were sanded to 1500 grit and shot with a...

Lidded Boxes Winners

1st Place: Black Egg

By Bill Ooms at Studio of Bill Ooms in Prescott, AZ.

This box with threaded lid started with African Blackwood. The two pieces were first hollowed inside. Next, matching pieces of hard maple were turned to an exact fit, glued, and hollowed leaving only a thin layer of maple remaining. This was repeated with a piece of brown ivory wood, glued, and turned so that only a thin layer remained. The interior pattern was cut with an ornamental lathe...

Pens Winners

1st Place: Ebony and Amethyst Dip Pen

By Manda Mercure, Owner at Mercure Pens in Windsor, ON, CA

Ebony and amethyst are a such a natural match, and this curly figure is so well complemented by the rough, natural beauty of the crystal. The warm tones of the wood are brought up so perfectly by General Finishes Waterbased Turners' Finish. I first apply two coats of varnish and allow the grain to rise before sanding that down with the coarsest grit of MicroMesh. I then apply up to 10 coats of...

Segmented Wood Turnings Winners

1st Place: Vortex

By Artistic Woodturning By Pete Marken, Professional Woodturner

This piece was made with over 3,000 pieces of wood that includes cherry, maple, peruvian walnut, yellowheart, spectra ply and black veneer.

It measures 12-1/2" diameter X 6-1/4" tall. The finish consists of several coats of sanding sealer and ten coats of General Finishes Wood Turners Finish sanded and buffed to a high gloss.

2nd Place: Segmented Mini Bat

By Clayton Mitchell

Mini Segmented Bat, made with 218 pieces. Woods used in this project are Walnut, Maple, & Paduak. Finished with Arm-R-Seal Oil & Urethane Topcoat. 

Small Turnings: toys, ornaments, functional etc. Winners

1st Place: Amflora

By David DeCristoforo

My take on the Greek Amphora. I have made a number of pieces in this style but I think this is the best of them. Honduras rosewood burl and ebony. 

2nd Place: Emerge

By Darren Throop in Green Bay, WI.

Emerge measures just 3.5" tall by 2.25" wide, and weighs just 32 grams. This ornament was created from sumac (the emerging flower) and an unknown hardwood species (leaves & stem). The globe, or the flower, was turned and hollowed on the lathe, then carved using a Dremel tool. The leaves/stem were turned on the lathe as well and carved using a Dremel tool, riffles, and sanded to 400 grit. I...

Turned And Carved Surface Winners

1st Place: GinkgAu

By Bob Rotche

GinkgAu measures 8" in diameter and 2" thick. The surface is carved with ginkgo leaves which intentionally all flow out of the field of view. The surface is painted with acrylics using the dry brush technique and the "bowl" is covered in gold leaf. The name references the ginkgo leaf and Au which is the chemical symbol for gold.

2nd Place: Event Horizon

By Michael

This piece was turned on 6 axes to create the initial form.  It was subsequently carved with the inward spirals.  The form was inspired by the physical forces described by astrophysicists that occur at the edge of a black hole.

The piece was meticulously sanded to 800 grit.  Fnish was just one coat of modified tung oil finish.  This is all that is needed to bring out the grain and lustre of...

Turned, Carved & Embellished Spindles & Legs Winners

1st Place: Segmented Baseball Bat

By Justin Fiaschetti at Fiaschetti Woodworking

A baseball bat's sole purpose for existing is to hit balls traveling upwards of 100 mph... but what if that wasn't the case? That is the question that drove me to design this bat. I wanted to take a fully utilitarian tool and turn it into a work of art. Made up of 577 pieces, this bat definitely fits that description. It is made of Padauk, Curly Maple, Purple Heart, and Wenge. I took care to...

Youth & Student Wood Turner (25 Years Or Under) Winners

1st Place: Buckeye Burl Winged Bowl.

By Todd Halleman in Wilsonville, OR.

Here is a Buckeye Burl bowl that I turned a few months back. When I got the Burl cap, I saw that the wood was almost all blue. I knew I wanted to try my hardest to save as much wood as possible, so I made it winged. I love Winged Burl bowls because they are all never the same. Nature decides the shape while I help bring it out.

I wet sanded it up to 600 grit using Howard's feed N wax. I use it...

2nd Place: Beech Wood Trio Set

By Charlie Hamilton at YoungWoodworker in Richmond, VA.

These beech hollow forms are made out of some local wood. They at have lots of color and figure.

      The finishing process for these hollowforms started at the lathe with sanding. I sanded with and electric power sander from 120 grit through 600 grit. After turning and sanding the foot I signed them with a woodburning tool. Finally, I took the hollowforms out of the lathe and applied a few...


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Instruments Winners

1st Place: Tribute - Neck Through Hollow Body Guitar

By Mike Poorman at Woodshop Mike in Jasper, GA.

This guitar is crafted from Maple, Sapele, and Rosewood.  The combination of materials and construction methods I used produced an instrument that has long lasting sustain and a wide array of tonal options.  The design of this guitar was influenced by the hard geometric lines seen across many aspects of design, but my goal was to tame that aesthetic while hinting to the original inspiration...

2nd Place: Elysian Guitars Espada 6 String Guitar

By Adam Bath

This finish was one of my first forrays into General Finishes Endurovar Satin. I started with the body and headstock stained as black as possible, then I sanded the body back to give it a kind of weathered look. 

After sanding the body to 220 grit, I started applying Endurovar with my HVLP spray gun, sanding lightly between coats. The entire finish took only 5 coats, which was amazing to me!...

Chairs & Benches Winners

1st Place: Flow with a Flair

By Erin Tootsie Judd

This chair is a hobbyist's first attempt at chair-building and is a classic Sam Maloof style rocker with tasteful flair and a strong presence in any setting. Hand constructed from a rich walnut, this elegant rocker features flourishes of color from a natural light stripe of grain and tasteful accents of maple. After the completion of the basic construction, the chair was carefully sanded and...

2nd Place: Curly Cherry Rocking Chair

By Dallas Gara, Craftsman at Garawood

This is a Sam Maloof inspired curly cherry rocking chair. It is made of highly figured cherry wood and highlighted with curly maple back braces and plugs. The entire chair is completely handmade and hand carved. The finish is what really makes the wood 'pop'. I use a mixture of tung oil, boiled linseed oil and of course General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.  This finish is strong and beautiful and very...

Storage (cabinets, chests, boxes, dressers) Winners

1st Place: Federal Inspired Cellarette

By Nicholas J.V. Vanaria in Romeoville, IL.

Built from Sapele Mahogany and inlaid with Maple and Walnut, this cellarette/bottle case was inspired by a Queen Anne version seen at Winterthur Museum.  I kept the proportions of the case, but changed it to Federal style instead.  All of the inlay was done from scratch with sand shading on the fans and homemade bandings and stringing

The finsh was a coat of Seal-A-Cell followed up by multiple...

2nd Place: White oak map chest

By John Avolio in Canonsburg, PA.

Multi drawer map chest / apothecary chest made from white oak hardwood. Finish was antique walnut gel stain. Designed and built in my workshop for my home office and stores all office supplies and design blueprints. Love the function it provides and hoping to use the style in future designs. 

Tables & Desks Winners

1st Place: Suspension Table

By Stephanie Lunieski, Suspension Table at Lunieski Woodworking in Edina, MN.

To finish this table a sanded every surface to a 400 grit with a festool rotary sander and hand sanded the curved pieces between the legs. I broke the hard edges with a block plane and with sandpaper. I finally sprayed it with a satin conversion varnish, I sprayed two coats and lightly sanded it between them. I wanted to show of the beautiful color and naturally occuring medullary rays of the...

2nd Place: Curved Walnut Wall Mounted Hall Table

By John Harryman at John Harryman Designs in East Troy, WI.

Curved Walnut Hall Table - Wall Mounted. Finished in High Performance Satin.

Youth & Student Woodworking - 25 years or under Winners

1st Place: Reuleaux

By David Awerman

I applied multiple coats of conversion varnish with spray equipment. The top was polished with various buffing pads and compounds to achieve a durable high gloss. 

Wood Carvings & Sculpture Winners

1st Place: Hibiscus flowers in bloom

By Derek McDonald in Rochester, NH.

Woods: Basswood ( tilia americana)

After some practice carving traditional forms that would be found on furniture or architectural elements, I stumbled across the work of Grinling Gibbons, a 17th century English carver, famous for his intricate lifelike cascades of flowers, fruits, and animals. I was immediately taken aback by the beauty and skill of his work and decided to try a project in...

2nd Place: Woodcarving

By Edgar WK

Using hand chisels and a mallet I carved this 3 foot Indian from a basswood log.

Other Winners

1st Place: Tree of Life Wall Display

By Warren Snow at Snow Woodworks in Marshall, VA.

A local hospice organization (Hospice Support of Fauquier County, Virginia) contacted me to design and make a wall display for their office.  Their desired theme was the Tree of Life, and the display would be used to recognize volunteers and contributors to their organization.  We began a collaboration that led to making a scale model to verify the design, and then the final product pictured...

Staging Winners

Staging Winner Seaside Watercolor Buffet

By BJ Buchter Massa, Owner at Junk’d Up in Carmel, IN.

This buffet is amazing in structure and needed an equally amazing finish to bring it into the 21st century home. The beauty of the original wood veneer was too pretty to paint so the rest of the piece was lightened up using a dreamy, layered watercolor finish. Yellow, blue and green paints were wet and dry layered followed by a color wash in teal to bring it all together and enhance the...

Staging Winner Creamy smooth Dresser

By Jana Morrison

Looking for a smooth creamy color, look no furthur! Mix one part french vallia and one part seagull gray chalk style paint and you have the perfect neutral color! Smooth, creamy, and eleagent perfect for any project!

Staging Winner Coastal Blue China Cabinet

By Jen Beatty at Finn+Bo

I really wanted this china cabinet to have a wow factor, and to make it more modern.  The coastal blue milk paint is one of my favorite colors, and paired with the paper backing, it really upped it's game!

Staging Winner Old Bookshelf turned Modern Farmhouse

By Fallon_Market House Restorations, Owner at Market House Restorations, LLC in Salem, VA.

This old bookshelf got a modern farmhouse face lift! I painted the outside and the shelves with 2 coats of General Finishes Driftwood, took of the backside of the original shelf and replaced with old reclaimed wood siding. The wood siding was dry brushed with General Finishes Snow White and the grey area of the bookshelf was sealed with 2 coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in...

Staging Winner Stanley Dresser w/ Java Fronts and Top

By The Copper Elm

This gorgeous Stanley Dresser got an elegant and sophisticated makeover thanks to General Finishes Java Gel Stain. The drawer fronts, cabinet face, and top are all refinished using Java Gel Stain and Wipe On Urethane to bring out their gorgeous wood grain and give this piece its elegance. 

Staging Winner China Cabinet Revival (CCR)

By blue cottage studio in Barrie, ON, CA

Think Gramma's china cabinet has had it's day? Not so. May I present my China Cabinet Revival! With fan favourites GF Lamp Black Milk Paint on the exterior and GF Antique White Milk Paint on the interior shelves, this once loved beauty has been given a new lease on life. She has been ever so slightly distressed, because she is proud of her age and all she has ben through!  The picture of...