Woodworker enters national contest

TERRY ORGAN/Miner<br><br>
Robert Galusha shows his custom-made maple chair he will enter into a national competition.

TERRY ORGAN/Miner<br><br> Robert Galusha shows his custom-made maple chair he will enter into a national competition.

KINGMAN - Robert Galusha has never entered a woodworking contest, despite 35 years in the custom furniture industry.

However, he has made a unique chair he has entered into a competition for residents of the United States and Canada held by Fine Woodworking Magazine and sponsored by Delta/Porter Cable Tools. The grand prize of $10,000 worth of woodworking tools and machinery would enable him to greatly expand his studio and permit his students more leeway in designs they create in his classes, a news release stated.

Contestants may create anything they wish out of a single piece of maple hardwood measuring 10 inches wide, two inches thick and 10 feet long. The only items they can use in their project are wood, glue and finish. Hinges are permissible only in the creation of a cabinet.

As no metal hardware of any kind is allowed, Galusha challenged himself to add a mechanical element to a design using the maple as the rest of the chair. The seat is made of slender slats that fit into slots in the chair frame. They are not attached and can slide in and out of the slots to "give" when weight is placed on them.

Despite a fragile appearance, the bent lamination construction of the chair makes it strong enough to support a person weighing in excess of 350 pounds.

A public reception and debut of the chair is planned at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Cellar Door Wine Bar, located at 414 E. Beale St.

Entries already have been submitted and judges have begun reviewing them for design and craftsmanship. Judges will select 24 for the contest.

The competition will be conducted online with four rounds of voting. The grand prize will be awarded in August.

The Web site is www.finewoodworking.com/buildoff.