Turning Archive 2006

Back from Philly

Keith Tompkins
>I returned late last night from Philadelphia, where I attended the Buyer's Market of American Craft and the Niche Award ceremony.

The Niche Award is given each year in recognition to top craft artists from the US and Canada. The finalists in wood turning were Michael Werner, Kurt Theobald, Thomas Irving, and two of Wood Central's own, Joel Hunnicut and myself.

This year's winner was Kurt Theobald for his piece "The Wizard". I had a nice conversation with him and his wife, but was unable to meet Joel or Michael Werner. :(

I was told that the quality of entries this year was particularly good, and it was difficult to choose the five finalists....let alone an overall winner.

Congratulations to Kurt, and to Joel and all the other finalists!

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