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National Woodskills Competition success for UCOL

By UCOL on Tuesday, 30 October 2018

UCOL furniture design and making students in the workshop with their furniture

UCOL Furniture Design & Making students have had another successful year at the National Woodskills Competition in Kawerau, with three students picking up awards.

The National Woodskills Competition is part of Kawerau’s annual Woodfest, and has long been the premier event for second year UCOL furniture design diploma students to show off their work. 


UCOL students tend to have a strong showing at the competition, and this year was no exception.  

Brodie Jenkins placed first in the Musical Instruments category for his ukulele, and third in the Furniture Novice category for his arm chair.  Jane Inge picked up second place in the Furniture Novice category for her elegant and modern dining chair, while Gurcharan Sidhu received a highly commended award for his coffee table.

Guitar on a chair
Coffee table
chest of drawers

UCOL Furniture Design Lecturer Rowan Dicks says staff have been taking students to the National Woodskills Competition for the past 14 years to see how they stack up against fellow craftspeople.  

“We find that it’s a great way for the students to showcase their work, show what they’re doing, and potentially get some prizes, which we usually do each year. I think it’s a great place for UCOL to be involved with some of the greatest makers in New Zealand.”

“I think the students tend to do quite well because we at UCOL are really passionate about furniture design and making, and the students feed from that. The assignments that we’ve created for them really hone their skills and allow them to contend with other craftspeople around New Zealand.”

Pictured above: UCOL Furniture Design students Brodie Jenkins, Jane Inge, Ramanjot Singh, and Gurcharan Sidhu show off their work.