Described as the biggest and best woodworking exhibition
in the country by the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine,
the international Design in Wood Exhibition now averages over 300
entries. This is a significant increase from the first show in 1982
when it had forty-five beautiful juried pieces on display (see Fine
Woodworking Magazine #37).
The 2010 Design in Wood Exhibition is co-sponsored by the San Diego
County Fair, 22nd District Agricultural Association and the San
Diego Fine Woodworkers Association (SDFWA). The talented, dedicated,
and hardworking SDFWA members make this unique, popular, and award
winning exhibition a success. Over 1,160,000 people are expected
to visit the fair this year and this exhibit is the standout. Now
the exhibition has national sponsors, gives out awards, and over
$20,000 in prize money to entries found in 22 classes. The Design
in Wood Show truly contributes joy, inspiration, recognition, and
support to the community it serves.
In addition to the juried gallery show, which runs this year from
June 12 to July 5, many other volunteer activities take place during
the show. The Wood Turners Association demonstrates wood turning
techniques for the fair goers. The San Diego Wood Carvers demonstrate
woodcarving in their booth. The San Diego Maritime Museum demonstrates
model building. The Scroll Sawyers demonstrate various methods of
scroll saw work.
The biggest demonstration area is the 19th Century Cabinet shop
staffed by the SDFWA. Here, volunteer members of the largest woodworking
association in the country, with membership in excess of 1,400,
make small oak chairs for preschoolers using only 19th century hand
tools to shape them. The Association makes fifty chairs each year
and these last-a-life-time gifts are donated to various organizations
in the community such as day care centers, schools, hospitals, health
clinics, shelters, and other charitable organizations. To date,
over 1,500 chairs have been donated.
We would now like to invite you to enter the showcase. This is
only a few of the wonderful pieces on display at the Design in Wood
Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair. But, before you enter the
showcase note that by clicking on the picture you may see a larger
image. Enjoy the Show...
Design in Wood Online was photographed by Andy Patterson, San Diego,
CA, with assistance from Harry Baldwin, Bob Stevenson and Lynn Rybarczyk.
The Design in Wood Web pages are maintained by Jim Sykora and Andy
Patterson. The SDFWA website manager is Doug Murphy.