Larsons La Flche selected for national woodworking competition

A student s work from Jefferson s Wood Manufacturing Technology (WMT) Program is getting national attention in the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) Student Design Emphasis competition.

The student, Douglas Larson, who is also an associate professor in the Technology and Related Sciences division, was selected as one of 50 finalists in IWF 2012 competition. Larson s archery inspired table, La Fl che, meaning arrow in French, will compete in the accent furniture and accent piece portion of the contest.

Douglas Larson s accomplishment is significant for the Wood Manufacturing Technology program because the program is a manufacturing based and not a design oriented program said Instructor and Program Coordinator Grant Gamble. The WMT program does not have a class specifically devoted to the design process, so being recognized on a national level against design oriented programs speaks a lot to the individual creativity of Doug's project and his ability to see it from concept to creation.

Larson s piece will be competing against several four year institutions such as, Purdue University, Miami University, Auburn University and Columbus College of Art and Design.

La Fl che consists of three bentwood legs bound with leather representing drawn bows. The arrow head top looks like a flint and rests on standoffs which give the impression of flight. The bentwood base is made of re-sawed and machined strips of walnut and cherry.

The Student Furniture design competition will take place this August in Atlanta, Ga., at the Georgia World Congress Center. The purpose of the Design Emphasis Award is to offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their talent and originality before a judging panel furniture industry designers, manufacturing and retail executives.