The submission deadline for December’s “Maine Wood 2012” exhibition is Friday, July 15. The biennial gallery show is open to all Maine craftspeople and artists — both professional and amateur — who work with wood. Application information is available at or by calling 594-5611.

“Maine Wood 2012” is designed it to showcase the breadth, creativity and excellence of wood craftsmanship in Maine; and to promote the artistic and economic development of our woodworking community, said Peter Korn, executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, which organizes the biennial. Co-sponsoring organizations include the Guild of Maine Woodworkers, Kennebec Valley Woodworkers Association, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Woodturners and Maine Woodworkers Association.

Exhibitors in Maine Wood 2012 are eligible for eight awards provided by corporate sponsors, primarily gift certificates that range from $200 to $350 in value. Best New Maker is presented by Maine Coast Lumber in York; Best Original Design by DMT Diamond Whetstones in Marlborough, Mass.; Best Use of Wood by Rare Woods USA in Mexico; Jurors’ Best in Show by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren; Peoples’ Choice by Holt & Bugbee in Tewksbury, Mass.; Exceptional Use of Veneer by Certainly Wood in East Aurora, N.Y.; Outstanding Craftsmanship by Fat Andy’s Hardwoods in Cumberland; and Best in Furniture by Woodcraft in Newington, N.H.

Jurors for this year’s biennial are Tom Caspar, editor of American Woodworker magazine; Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, president of the North Bennet St. School of Boston; and Yuri Kobayashi, a sculptor who teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. The exhibition will be on view at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine from Dec. 2 through Feb. 3, 2012. Award-winning entries will then travel to Gardiner for display at the Center for Maine Craft during the month of March.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 207-594-5611 or send email to