Six Maine woodworkers were honored with awards at the opening of “Maine Wood 2014” Jan. 24. The exhibition is the fourth in a biennial series presented by the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship to showcase the breadth, creativity and excellence of wood craftsmanship in Maine. It features furniture, carving, turning and sculpture by 20 Maine artisans and artists, chosen by an independent jury from 88 entries.

Top honors were presented to Kevin Rodel of Brunswick, who won Jurors’ Best in Show; Michaela Crie Stone of Rockport, Best Original Design; Eben Blaney of Edgecomb, Best In Furniture; Ray Carbone of Steuben, Best Use of Wood; and James Macdonald of Burnham, Outstanding Craftsmanship. A strip-built sea kayak by Richard Kaeyer of Owls Head was voted the People’s Choice by attendees at the opening and the 78-year-old Kaeyer also received the award for Best New Maker.

Almost $2,000 in prizes were bestowed. The award sponsors were Maine’s Rare Woods in Mexico, Maine Coast Lumber in York, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren and Fat Andy’s Hardwoods in Yarmouth; DMT Diamond Whetstones in Marlborough, Mass.; Holt & Bugbee in Tewksbury, Mass.; and New Hampshire’s Woodcraft of Newington.

The exhibit received accolades from juror Asa Christiana, former editor of Fine Woodworking, who was in attendance to present the Jurors’ Best in Show prize. He said this “Maine Wood” show has some of the best contemporary work he has seen in his travels around the country, adding “It’s an inspiration.”

To view the award-winning pieces and learn about the prizes, visit For more information on the exhibition, jurors, sponsors and awards, contact Messler Gallery Manager Victoria Allport at 594-5611 or

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or