Saturday, January 23, 2010

Andrew Pitts Awarded Honorable Mention

Fine Wood Artists member Andrew Pitts was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Custom Woodworking Business 2010 Design Portfolio Awards competition for a custom cabinet in the Residential Furniture, Freestanding category. The piece was featured in the December 2009 issue of Custom Woodworking Business Magazine and on the Custom Woodworking Business Magazine website,

Andrew Pitts at work.

The piece, “Sideboard Cabinet”, was custom made for a local client using walnut from a tree they had felled last year. Said Pitts, “I worked closely with my clients to design this piece, modifying the various options before we settled on the final design. I used CAD (computer aided design) software to draw realistic renderings and make detailed design drawings. I could also draw the 3-D home space the piece would fit into so we could visualize exactly what it would look like in its final environment.” With the exception of the quilted maple veneer on the door and back panels, all the wood used in the cabinet was local hardwood that Pitts milled himself with his WoodMizer sawmill and dried in his solar drying kiln.

Competition for the award was stiff, with only six winners and 18 honorable mentions in the various categories. The awards program was sponsored by Custom Woodworking Business Magazine, the exclusive trade publication wholly dedicated to serving the custom woodworking market. The Design Portfolio Awards program judges custom woodwork on the basis of appearance and quality of construction, with emphasis on design creativity and functionality.

Andrew's work will be in an upcoming show ArtAwards 2010 January 30-31 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, VA.*UPDATE* dates are now February 20-21 for this show.*

More of Andrew's work can be seen in his gallery

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