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May 2, 2018 9:16 AM

Students showcase woodworking skills at year-end event

Graduating students from Conestoga’s Woodworking Technician program showcased final-year projects at an annual student awards presentation on April 26 to determine Best in Manufactured Product and Best in Product Design.

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Duckjo Sung's Korean Style Display Cabinet was awarded Best in Manufactured Product at the annual Woodworking Technician student showcase on April 26.

Friends, family, program sponsors and members of the Conestoga community gathered at Conestoga’s Woodworking Centre of Ontario to see the broad range of projects on display, completed with more than 100 hours of shop time.

Duckjo Sung was awarded Best in Manufactured Product for his Korean Style Display Cabinet, complete with a bench and light fixture. Crafted from red oak, the piece was inspired by traditional Korean architecture, incorporating kumiko (the lattice work on sliding, papered screen doors) and Korean paper in the base box and light shade.

Sung, an international student from South Korea, had no previous experience in woodworking before joining the program. Interested in the field, he came specifically to the college after research into valued woodworking programs led him to Conestoga.

With his top honour, Sung received $750 and entry into the 2018 Tech @ Work competition held on May 1, which featured best of program, final-year projects from a number of programs in Conestoga’s School of Engineering and Information Technology.

Best in Product Design was awarded to William Macdougall for his Davenport Desk. The piece, crafted primarily from walnut, was designed with functionality and storage in mind, and incorporates personal touches. Spalted beech was used to create drawer fronts as a nod to Macdougall’s prior education in biology -- spalting is a form of wood coloration caused by fungi. The award included a $250 prize.

Macdougall was also awarded second place in the Best in Manufactured Project category, receiving $500. Third place and a prize of $150 went to Scott Dolmage for a glass-top coffee table crafted from cherry. Projects were judged by both current and retired woodworking faculty and based on product design and development, craftsmanship, and product presentation. 

Students in Conestoga’s Woodworking Technician two-year diploma program receive a solid foundation in the skills and technology involved in the manufacture of furniture, cabinets and architectural millwork and training in modern manufacturing techniques.

Conestoga’s Woodworking Centre of Ontario is a 50,000 square foot facility at the Doon campus, ranking among the world’s top woodworking training centres. Students have access to custom woodworking and production training as well as the latest in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and drafting technology.