The top four prize-winners were judged by Josh Thomson, owner of Josh Thomson Construction; Michael Flaherty, member of Artwood Gallery in Fairhaven and part-time faculty at Western Washington University; and Lisa Van Doren, owner of IDEAL: Carefully Curated Goods in downtown Bellingham.
Parents and their children awarded Kyle Thomas of Tacoma with the Parent and Child's Favorite Award and a $500 scholarship for his "Puzzlin' Giraffe," a rocking chair with interactive number and letter puzzle pieces. Western students awarded Paul Summerson of Sedro-Wooley with the Student Choice Award and a $500 scholarship for his "Turn Table," a round table with interactive functional gears.
Scholarship money and wood for the projects were provided by Mount Baker Products, Inc.
"The staff at Mount Baker Products immensely enjoys supporting this annual event. It has been a pleasure to witness the imagination, creativity, and enthusiasm that the Industrial Design students and their instructors bring to this contest," said Tim Shannon of Mount Baker Products. "We feel it has become a valuable educational experience for all involved."
(written by WWU office of communications)