Contact: Adria Salvatore
Phone: (323) 215-0311

Anaheim, Calif. – September 2, 2022 — The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) will host its 13th biennial Fresh Wood student furniture competition at the 2023 AWFS®Fair, July 25-28 in Las Vegas. The competition is open to high school and post-secondary students in accredited woodworking or related programs. There is no fee to enter and entry applications will be accepted until May 1, 2023.

2023 Special Theme Announced
The 2023 Fresh Wood Special Theme is “Small Projects”. This theme was selected by the Fresh Wood committee to encourage new schools and students to enter the competition. “We realize that some schools and students may have less resources, less time, and less support”, says Fresh Wood committee member Mei-Yen Shipek. “Encouraging more Small Projects will open the doors to a broader range of students and remove barriers associated with building traditional, large furniture projects.” The Small Project category is for projects that are 1 cubic foot or smaller in overall size. There are no restrictions on style, but the project should be made primarily from wood.

Five other entry categories make up the Fresh Wood competition: Case Goods, Seating, Tables, Design for Production, and an Open category, in which projects can be made of any material and there are no size restrictions. In the Design for Production category, students must design a functional item manufactured out of one 4 x 8’ sheet of plywood and all structural wood components must nest inside of and be cut from the same sheet. Entries will be rated by a panel of judges that represent different aspects of the industry.  Judges’ scores will determine the finalist pieces that will be on display at the AWFS®Fair. AWFS® covers project shipping and the majority of travel costs to bring students and their teachers to the AWFS®Fair.

Turning to the Future Competition Will Return
The Fresh Wood competition will be displayed with the Turning to the Future competition by the American Association of Woodturners which will showcase turned student work. Call for entries and more information on Turning to the Future will be available on the AAW website soon.

KCD Software Sponsors Best of Show Prize
KCD Software, makers of 3D cabinet and closet design software, returns for the fifth time as the Fresh Wood “Best in Show” award sponsor. The AWFS® Fresh Wood Committee would like to thank KCD Software for their generous support of student woodworkers through the Fresh Wood competition.

The Fresh Wood entry deadline is May 1, 2023. Finalists will be on display throughout the AWFS®Fair July 25-28, 2023. Winners will be identified and announced at an Awards Ceremony during the show, open to all attendees and exhibitors. First place, second place and honorable mention awards may be given out in each category and at each school level. A “Best of Show” award will also be selected from all first-place category winners, and the recipient will receive a custom trophy from an accomplished woodworker. A People’s Choice award, for which all AWFS®Fair attendees and exhibitors have the opportunity to vote, will also be given.

For more information and entry instructions, visit or contact: AWFS Association Director Adria Salvatore, (323) 215-0311 or

About AWFS
The full-scale international AWFS®Fair, scheduled for Tuesday – Friday, July 25-28, 2023 in Las Vegas, has become a critical hub for international commerce in the woodworking industry. The AWFS®Fair brings together the home and commercial furnishings industry, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, construction materials and other suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers. For more information on the AWFS®Fair, please visit: