The American Craftsman Showcase


We tasked the woodworkers of America to show us their latest and greatest work, and they delivered! Check out all their amazing submissions and say congratulations to the finalists and our grand prize winner, Gerard Hess!

Gavin Harrington, A.C.S. 1st Place

1st Place | Gerard Hess, MI

Commissioned as an anniversary present, this Jewelry Armoire is of locally sourced Black Walnut and Red Oak. The Walnut applique on clamshell doors mimics the pattern of the client's wrought-iron bed. Chest contains 7 drawers as with a traditional lingerie chest. Upper 4 are lined with velvet, lower 3 lined with aromatic cedar. Hanging pegs are attached to body of chest instead of doors. Recipient wears pins, brooches, and bracelets, no rings, so no ring-rolls in jewelry box. Mirrored lid hinged with stopped Brusso hinges, top of lid has detente to hold cell phone for overnight charging. Doors are latched with rare-earth magnets. Finish is brushing lacquer. Completed piece combines the Arts & Crafts ethos with the client's asks for functionality and aesthetics.

Top 25 Prize Winners of 2017

Adam Walker , A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Adam Walker, Mississippi
Charles Dellow , A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Charles Dellow, New York
Chase Holt , A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Chase Holt, California
Chet Lanious , A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Chet Lanious, South Carolina
Clarence Hess , A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Clarence Hess, Pennsylvania
Daniel Purvis , A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Daniel Purvis, Indiana
Donald Marcum, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Donald Marcum, Indiana
Gary Badger , A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Gary Badger, Texas
James Seyfried , A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
James Seyfried, Michigan
Jay Austin, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Jay Austin, Illinois
Jeff Baenen, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Jeff Baenen, Wisconsin
John Mulligan, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
John Mulligan, New York
Ken Napior , A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Ken Napior, California
Kevin La Due, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Kevin La Due, New York
Lewis Kauffman, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Lewis Kauffman, Pennsylvania
Marc Levine, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Marc Levine, Illinois
Michael Matthews, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Michael Matthews, North Carolina
Michael Merzke, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Michael Merzke, North Carolina
Nick Barboza, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Nick Barboza, Maine
Rich Macrae, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Rich Macrae, Colorado
Robert Cherry, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Robert Cherry, Pennsylvania
Robert Janousek, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Robert Janousek, Florida
Wilson Hill, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Wilson Hill, Maryland
Zack Shaffer, A.C.S. Finalist in Woodworking
Zack Shaffer, Kansas