Fresh Wood


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You’ve come to the right place! The best of woodworking’s next generation is celebrated at the Fresh Wood student furniture competition—and you can see all the finalists at the AWFS®Fair. Outstanding construction and design achievements by students from leading high school and post-secondary woodworking programs in North America will be prominently displayed at the show, and winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony at the Fresh Wood Display. Put the Fresh Wood Competition on your must-see list.

WATCH THE 2023 Fresh Wood Awards Ceremony

Press Release: Fresh Wood 2023 Winners Announced


2025 Fresh Wood Entry Deadline: May, 2025

2025 Fresh Wood Entries will be accepted starting in Fall 2024.

Entry Eligibility:

High school students who are in a woodworking or design program. Specialty schools or programs may be accepted on a case-by-case basis by the Fresh Wood Committee. There is no entry fee.

Post-secondary students who are Full-time or Part-time, seeking a degree or certificate, in a woodworking or related program who are considering a career in woodworking or design are eligible, and are encouraged to submit their work for the 2025 competition. Post-secondary schools include colleges and universities as well as trade, art, and union apprenticeship schools. There is no entry fee.

Fresh Wood 2025 Competition Entry Information (COMING IN FALL 2024):


Thank you to our 2023 Fresh Wood sponsors:

Best of Show:


People’s Choice:

Bravo to Teachers:




Congratulations to All 2021 Fresh Wood Student Finalists!

Fresh Wood 2021 People’s Choice: The Nest by Mohammed Al-Yaseen

Fresh Wood 2021 Best of Show: Sideboard with a Void by Jinsoo Kim

2021 Recap

Watch the 2021 Awards Ceremony (video)

Press Release: 2021 Student Winners (PDF)

Press Release: 2021 Judging Panel Announced (PDF)

Press Release: 2021 Call for Entries; New Categories Announced (PDF)


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Past Fresh Wood Photos

The Fresh Wood competition has grown considerably since its inception in 1999. Click on the links below to see images of winning projects from past competitions: 2019 | 2017 2015 | 2013 | 2011 | 2009 | 2007 | 2005 | 2003 | 2001 | 1999.


Take Fresh Wood Home With You

Order past editions of the fresh wood collection today! The full color photographs and narratives of each finalist and winner of the Fresh Wood student competition are featured in a contemporary soft cover publication.

The most recent editions, fresh wood v.6 (from 2013) and fresh wood v.5 (from 2011) can be ordered on

fresh wood v.4 (2009) is sold on for $44.99 and up (plus shipping, different cover options available) HERE!

(Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are sold out and no longer in production.)