september 13 - october 27, 2013
On behalf of the Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society (SAWS), welcome to our biennial Fine Works in Wood Exhibition and Sale. SAWS is a non-profit society located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Its mandate includes: promoting excellence in woodworking, facilitating communication among members, and using skills and resources to help people in the community.
At the heart of SAWS is a group of people with an undeniable determination to create with wood. Members include professionals and amateurs alike, all willing to share their knowledge, skills and passion for woodworking.
This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Since 1983, SAWS has been bringing together people who share a common passion - woodworking. Exhibitions offer a way for woodworkers to showcase that passion. A record 60 pieces by 33 entrants have earned the right to be included in this Exhibition.
The first step in the evaluation process involved screening by the Standards Committee, consisting of four SAWS members. Their objective is to select entries that satisfy overall workmanship, skill of execution, choice of materials, technical difficulty and finish, to name a few criteria. Those pieces that pass the Standards Committee evaluations are then subjected to the scrutiny of an outside jury consisting of three members. The jury’s focus is on originality of design, artistry, ergonomics, function and overall interest and satisfaction.
A scoring system was used to award First, Second and Third place and three Honorable Mentions. Furthermore, awards were also given for Best Turning, Best Finish, Best First Time Entry and Best Amateur or Student (Harold Biswanger award). This year a special award was also granted for Innovation in Design.
Fellow woodworkers are encouraged to join SAWS and tap into the skilled resources that produced the beautiful pieces shown here. For further information on membership, activities and catalogue purchases, visit our web site at saws.ca.
I would like to extend our appreciation to the two exhibition hosts (Southcentre Mall and DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB) and to the companies that sponsored this year’s special event. Furthermore, I want to personally thank the hard-working exhibition committee and advisors, stewards, board members, Standards and Jury committees, Don James for his donation of the People’s Choice prize, Bryan Maniotakis for design of the 2013 SAWS logo and exhibition poster, John Morel for his immeasurable support and to all the craftsmen and artists whose contributions helped make this year’s exhibition such a success.
We trust that you will enjoy your experience at the SAWS 2013 Fine Works in Wood Exhibition and Sale.
2013 Exhibition Chair