The opening of “Regeneration: Fine Woodworkers Under 30” Sept. 16 at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship was a gold-medal evening. Awards were presented to seven outstanding designer/makers in this nationally juried display of powerful work from a new generation. The exhibition is co-hosted by the nonprofit Center and Fine Woodworking magazine.

Russell Gale of Asheville, N.C., earned top honors as the recipient of the Jurors’ Best in Show award for his exquisitely made sideboard “The Garboard Strake” and received a $1500 tool package from Festool USA. The Fine Woodworking Craftsmanship Award was presented to Nate Blaisdell of Somerville; and the People’s Choice Award, determined prior to the opening via an open vote on Facebook, was extended to Phillip Leonard of LaGrange, Ill.

The first place winner in Studio Furniture was George Dubinsky of Yardley, Pa. First place in Traditionally-inspired Furniture was awarded to Virginia Blanchard of Pelham, N.Y. Brett Maclearnsberry of Poulsbo, Wash., was awarded first place in Boxes, Containers & Lighting; and Bryan Klotz of Brooklyn, N.Y., took first place in Turning/Sculpture. With the exception of Gale, each award winner received a substantial piece of woodworking machinery from Jet/Powermatic; and all award winners received a $300 gift certificate to Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren.

Generous corporate and foundation support for “Regeneration” includes free round-trip shipping for exhibitors’ pieces, which was provided by Irwin Tools, Woodcraft, and the Rohlen Foundation. In addition, all 21 exhibitors were awarded clamps from Irwin Tools, saw blades from Freud, compact routers from Porter-Cable and diamond honing stones from DMT; and each of the 150 entrants received a $20 gift certificate to Woodcraft.

“The creative talent of these under-30 woodworkers is awe-inspiring. We are tremendously grateful to the exhibition sponsors for encouraging their development,” said executive director Peter Korn.

The exhibition will continue through Nov. 22 at the Messler Gallery, 25 Mill St. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All pieces in the exhibition, including award winners, can be seen online at

For more information on the exhibition, jurors, sponsors and awards, contact Messler Gallery manager Victoria Allport at 594-5611 or