Vermont woodworking students win awards

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. Scott Fleishman: "The 14th annual Veneer Tech Professional Competition took place recently in Atlanta and a student at the Vermont Woodworking School, Jamie Herman, took home the grand prize. He took a simple idea, a rectangular desk and drawer on a stand and added a tweak by tilting it out of alignment. Another Vermont Woodworking School Emersion Program student, Cooper Feiner-Homer, won the student design category with a chest of drawers casework piece. Jamie and Cooper join us in studio this morning. Good morning guys, thanks for joining us. When people hear the word veneer, they think teeth, people use veneers in their teeth, but when it comes to woodworking, what is veneer?"

Jamie Herman: "Veneer is essentially just thin slices of wood that are made and they're usually about 32nd of an inch thick. They're really, really thin and you use them in furniture, all sorts of applications. Usually, you use it to make forms you can't make out of solid wood."

Scott Fleishman: "How did it feel Jamie to take home the grand prize in this competition?"

Jamie Herman: "It felt great. I was honestly very surprised. It was a national competition, and I was going up against professional furniture makers and architectural design firms and all sorts of things. So it was really a big honor."

Scott Fleishman: "What are the judges looking for?"

Jamie Herman: "For this competition they're looking for novel uses of veneer, and it was a veneer focused competition. So, they're just looking for different ways to use veneer that they haven't seen before."

Scott Fleishman: "Cooper, what has the program at the school meant for you and for Jamie?"

Cooper Feiner-Homer: "Yeah, it's been huge. My involvement with woodworking was pretty minimal before going to the Vermont Woodworking School. After getting there, it just really opened up a whole new world to me. Great instructors, great facility, runs on a semester schedule, and you can take week long courses or semester long courses. It offers all sorts of variety."

Scott Fleishman: "The item that we see hear in the front, this star, that seems pretty complicated. Tell us about that."

Jamie Herman: "That's actually like a geometric form that's called a star stellated dodecahedron. It's got 12 points and each of the points is made out of five triangles. So, it's basically 60 of the exact same triangle. That one was mostly trial and persistence. Just, you're doing the same thing over and over again and hopefully it turns out at the end."))

Scott Fleishman: "How long did it take you?"

Jamie Herman: "That one probably took me about 50 or 60 hours."