After placing third in the 2009 competition, Duncan Christian School’s Aaron Van Boven took home first prize in this year’s edition of the Municipality of North Cowichan’s annual value added woodworking contest.
Van Boven received the honour during Wednesday’s general council meeting.
This year marks the 10th time the competition has run. Judging is based on workmanship, project functionality, marketability and originality. “It’s a contest funded by our forestry department,” explained Municipal Forester Darrell Frank. “It’s from wood from our forest reserve. We’ve had it milled, given to the schools and we’ve given them a project.”
For his efforts in turning a chunk of Douglas fir into a serving tray, Van Boven took home not just his finished piece of work, but a $500 gift certificate to a local shop.
Duncan Christian students always do well in the competition, in fact, this year earning third prize as well, as Taylor Baines took home the bronze, and a $200 gift certificate for his efforts, for crafting a serving tray Mayor Tom Walker particularly liked.
The Mayor asked him how many hours Baines took to make it.
“A couple here and there,” he grinned.
Josh Palou of Chemainus Secondary School earned second place.
In addition to offering his congratulations to the three winning students, Walker thanked the teachers involved.
“Without the hard work of teachers and their efforts and sometimes encouraging the children, we probably wouldn’t have results like this,” he said in showing off the finished projects.
“These three serving trays are really great. It’s amazing what you can do with wood. These are all made with Douglas fir. That’s an extra challenge. It just shows what you can do with skilled people and finishes and some imagination.”
North Cowichan boasts 12.5 thousand acres of municipal forests within its boundaries.
“We are very proud of our forest and our forestry staff that run it,” Walker said.
Source: canada.com – June 18, 2010