Inspirations in Wood

24, 25, 26 July 2018 at the New Forest Show

Previously named the Fine Crafted Wood Exhibition this year the New Forest Trust’s exhibition is called Inspirations in Wood.

Woodlands are major habitats in the New Forest and for centuries these have provided timber and other resources for the people who lived in and around it. These woodland habitats must be conserved just like the lawns, heaths, and mires. Among the things the earliest people living in the Forest made, from its timbers, would have been forms of furniture.

In collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers this year we have changed our Competition for people who are training to become top designer/craftsmen (and women) making furniture from wood.

The Competition is called

InFurniture and beyond – Making good in wood out there

The competition is for students coming to the end of their training and their next step is to put it into practice.

The Worshipful Company has invited four training establishments to nominate an exhibit from four of their students to be displayed in our Exhibition. Three Judges will determine prize winners and also distribute certificates to those taking part.

In addition to the students we shall have exhibits from some professional furniture making businesses. At least one of these will be started by a person who was a competitor in the Trainee competitions in earlier years.

One of the most successful local groups, the Christchurch Wood Turners, will also be with us again to demonstrate woodturning and some of the lovely pieces made by their members will be on display.

All of this will be found inside the New Forest Pavilion. This pavilion, designed and constructed by local businesses, is a unique structure made from Douglas fir trees grown in the New Forest.

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