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Rockler Reveals 2014 NORDYS Contest Winners

March 19, 2014

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has announced the winners of its second-annual NORDYS video contest. The contest was open to all woodworkers, and winners were selected in two categories: The Academy Choice, determined by a panel of Rockler judges, and The People's Choice, a tally of the most votes received on the NORDYS video contest Facebook page.

The 2014 Academy Choice first prize winner was Brandon Swann for his video titled "Jack's Toy Chest." Swann will receive an Ultimate Router Table Package valued at more than $1,200. Josh VanderPlate took top honors in the People's Choice, winning the Ultimate Finishing Bundle prize for his "Woodworking Through Four Generations" video. A compilation video featuring the winning entries, plus a playlist of all video entries can be seen at youtube.com/RocklerWoodworking.

To participate in the NORDYS Video Contest, each contestant submitted a video based on the premise of inspiring the future generation of woodworkers. Entrants were encouraged to be creative in presenting their content in a video with a maximum duration of two minutes.

"This year the NORDYS entries have shown us how creative people can be in getting the next generation involved in woodworking," said Nathan Ensminger, administrator of the NORDYS Video Contest. "It is heartwarming to see passionate woodworkers teaching their skills to younger people who are eager to learn the craft."
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