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CCA 2013 Caricature Carving Competition

The Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca (CCA) spon­sored 2013 Car­i­ca­ture Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion was held on August 21 and 22 in Con­verse, IN, and once again host­ed by the East­ern Wood­land Carvers Club.  Club mem­bers han­dle receiv­ing and unpack­ing of sub­mis­sions, sit up dis­plays for judg­ing, and repack the carv­ing for ship­ping home after the com­pe­ti­tion.

As in past years, the com­pe­ti­tion was keen and the judges had no small task in select­ing the win­ners.

The CCA mem­ber­ship encour­ages any­one to com­pet­ed in 2013 to do so again this year, and sug­gest that those carvers who have not entered the com­pe­ti­tion give it con­sid­er­a­tion.  Judg­ing is rotat­ed among CCA mem­bers, so you can expect a fresh approach each year.

The Best of Show win­ner was Steve Dunman’s carv­ing of Team­work.  Sec­ond Best of Show was Hind­sight by Vern Par­rish, and Scott Brown claimed Third Best of Show for Fresh­wa­ter Fish w/ Weeds.  You can see Carl Saathoff’s excel­lent pho­tos of these and oth­er win­ners in the Win­ners’ Gal­leries in this issue of WOM.

The top three win­ners received cash prices of $200, $100, and $50 respec­tive­ly.  First and sec­ond place in each cat­e­go­ry received prizes of $50 and $25.

For infor­ma­tion about the 2014 Com­pe­ti­tion, which will be judged on August 21, 2014, vis­it the CCA web site at cca-carvers.com.

Click HERE to vis­it the Win­ners Gallery, or click WOM in the main menu bar, then click The Gal­leries in the drop down menu.

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IWC 2013 Winner Galleries

2013 International Woodcarvers Congress

Fred Cogelow’s Best of Show win­ner: “Ques­tions & Answer Equal­ly, Pro­found”

I always approach the assem­bly of the pho­to gallery for the Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carv­er Con­gress with a mix of trep­i­da­tion and won­der;  trep­i­da­tion about the amount of work I know I have ahead of me, and won­der at the fan­tas­tic carv­ings I know I’m going to see as I edit the gal­leries.  The 2013 IWC Gallery was no excep­tion, start­ing with Fred Cogelow’s Best of Show win­ner.   This edi­tion has some 264 pho­tos (twice that num­ber if you count the thumb­nails) of some of the best carv­ing you will see any­where.  In the gal­leries you’ll find 159 of pho­tog­ra­ph­er Marc Feath­er­ly’s excel­lent stu­dio pho­tos of the win­ners at IWC 2013, includ­ing more pho­tos of the Best of Show win­ner.

In addi­tion to the gallery of the prize-win­ning carv­ings, you’ll also find Marc’s can­did pho­tos from the Class­es, Award Ban­quet, the Judges cri­tique ses­sion, the Show floor, and oth­er pho­tos around and about dur­ing Con­gress.

As always, the pho­tos in the winner’s gallery are click­able, and will take you to much larg­er ver­sions of these great carv­ings.  (Much larg­er then you’ll see in any paper pub­li­ca­tion.)  The large pho­tos will afford you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to real­ly look at the win­ners in detail.

To vis­it the gal­leries, in the menu bar above click on WOM, then on The Gal­leries menu item, or click HERE.   Enjoy!

Canadian Carvapalooza

Do you love the smell of saw­dust and the sound of chain­saws, with your hand wrapped around a cup of steam­ing hot cof­fee on a brac­ing spring day in south­ern Ontario?  If so, then you should plan on head­ing over to the town of Muirkirk, Ontario for five days of fun watch­ing over 30 chain­saw carvers from around the world do their thing at the 6th Annu­al Cana­di­an Car­va­palooza, April 9th to 13th, 2014.  Each carv­er will be pro­duc­ing one to five major pieces dur­ing the event.  In addi­tion, there are one hour speed carves on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Sat­ur­day.  All of the art­work pro­duced will be auc­tioned off on Sun­day.

For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it the Car­va­palooza web page HERE 

Artistry in Wood 2012 Gallery

Artistry In Wood 2012 Winner Gallery

Pho­tos by Marc Feath­er­ly

To vis­it the 2012 Win­ner Gallery click HERE then click on the Artistry in Wood link

01 Josh Guge Best of Show Family of Rubies

AIW 2012 Best of Show — “Fam­i­ly of Rubies” by Josh Guge

Artistry in Wood 2012

The ART in Artistry in Wood

By Don Mertz

The Artistry in Wood Show in Day­ton, Ohio con­tin­ues to be one of the pre­mier carv­ing and wood­work­ing shows in North Amer­i­ca.  With over two hun­dred exhibitors from twen­ty eight states and Cana­da par­tic­i­pat­ing, and 4,645 vis­i­tors attend­ing the two day show, yet it is not size alone that makes this event so dis­tinc­tive. All wood­carv­ing shows seek to pro­vide a set­ting for wood­carvers to show cre­ative work, par­tic­i­pate in com­pe­ti­tion and expe­ri­ence the com­radery of carv­ing enthu­si­asts.  But beyond that noble pur­pose, the greater inter­est is to pro­vide a for­mat for the encour­age­ment and advance­ment of wood­carv­ing and wood­work­ing as an art form and to grow that art in oth­er wood artists in what­ev­er lev­el of abil­i­ty each pos­sess­es.   All wood­carv­ing shows have their place and pur­pose.  All wood artists owe it to them­selves and to the pub­lic to sup­port, par­tic­i­pate and do any­thing pos­si­ble to con­tin­ue hav­ing wood­carv­ing shows.

What makes Artistry in Wood so unique is the many forms of art present in the expe­ri­ence of the show itself.  The art in the medi­um of wood is evi­dent in each and every carv­ing and wood­work­ing project.  That is obvi­ous­ly what any­one expects in a show that presents cre­ative works of art for show, for com­pe­ti­tion and for sale to col­lec­tors and gift givers.  But what makes Day­ton a pre­mier show is the less obvi­ous ART in the Artistry in Wood.

First is the Art of Gen­eros­i­ty.  Wood­carvers and wood­work­ers by the atti­tude that com­pels them to cre­ate beau­ty in the medi­um of wood are also very help­ful and giv­ing of encour­age­ment, how-to tips, wood, tools, pat­terns and projects to oth­ers who show any inter­est in the craft and art of shap­ing wood.  That is one of the guid­ing pur­pos­es of spon­sor­ing and work­ing so hard to orga­nize and put on shows and com­pe­ti­tion.  Lots of “labors of love” through the work before, dur­ing and after a show by an army of vol­un­teers is gen­er­ous­ly giv­en.  But more than that form of labor­ing in love is the greater Art of Gen­eros­i­ty engrained in Dayton’s Artistry in Wood.  In 1993 the AIW com­mit­tee was in search of a char­i­ty to enhance and expand the impact of why such a show exist­ed. They vis­it­ed a local Unit­ed Cere­bral Pal­sy agency (now Unit­ed Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices) and were very impressed with the impact of their labors of love in help­ing so many chil­dren and adults with spe­cial needs.  The AIW com­mit­tee decid­ed to make Artistry in Wood the best woodcarving/woodworking show in Amer­i­ca and to have the biggest impact on the orga­ni­za­tion by donat­ing $5,000 each year to URSURS now serves four hun­dred chil­dren and adults with spe­cial needs each day. For twen­ty-five years AIW has giv­en $5,000 to char­i­ty each year and will con­tin­ue to so do for years to come.  This Art of Gen­eros­i­ty has enabled AIW to grow each year into one of the best shows of its type.  The more one gives, the more one receives in order to con­tin­ue to give. Thus the rea­son for the Silent Auc­tion, Show Raf­fle, Ban­quet Raf­fle and after expens­es rev­enue is to extend the spir­it of the show into year-round ser­vice through Unit­ed Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices. That puts ART into Artistry in Wood.

Still with the spir­it of gen­eros­i­ty the Art of Cre­at­ing a Mem­o­ry is the next ART in Artistry in Wood.  The West­ern Ohio Wood­work­ers hosts a children’s hands-on work­shop with wood­work­ing projects they can build with the help of WOW mem­bers.   180 chil­dren cre­at­ed a mem­o­ry by putting togeth­er 280 wood­work­ing project kits.  Their mem­o­ries were as large as the smile on their face as they car­ried home their own “hand­made” project.  WOW also assem­bled 750 toys for local hos­pi­tal­ized chil­dren to go with pre­vi­ous­ly assem­bled toys in the Smile-A-Minute pro­gram.

Mem­o­ries were also cre­at­ed through the demon­stra­tors’ pre­sen­ta­tions on sub­jects of inter­est to show vis­i­tors.  The pre­sen­ters includ­ed Dave Stet­son, Wayne Bar­ton, Diane Sop­er, Jim Dupler, Tom Drum­mer, and Scott Phillips.  Wood Carv­ing Illus­trat­ed host­ed at their booth one hour demon­stra­tion work­shops on var­i­ous wood­carv­ing sub­jects with expert wood­carvers shar­ing their tal­ent.

The ART of Com­pe­ti­tion is enhanced because AIW draws togeth­er carvers and wood­work­ers from across the nation who enters some of the best qual­i­ty carv­ings and wood­work­ing projects to be eval­u­at­ed by respect­ed and knowl­edge­able judges.  Each year there is a sense of awe and amaze­ment with the qual­i­ty, vari­ety and excel­lence of these cre­ative works of art in the medi­um of wood.  This year was no excep­tion as can be seen in the pho­tographs pre­sent­ed with this arti­cle.  Wood­carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion con­sid­ered 331 entries while in Wood­work­ing there were 53 entries.  Besides rib­bons, 70 cash prizes totaled $5,125 were award­ed.   Judges in wood­carv­ing were Stu Mar­tin, Gary Den­zler and Wayne Bar­ton and wood­work­ing judges were Roger Horung, Jim McCann and Lar­ry Sanders.  Best of Show in Wood­carv­ing was Josh Guge, Sec­ond Best of Show, Josh Guge and Third Best of Show, Susan Dorsch.  Best of Show in Wood­work­ing was Bruce Burk­hold­er, Sec­ond Best of Show, Jay Kinsinger and Third Best of Show, Mark Waninger.

The ART of Serendip­i­ty becomes evi­dent in the unex­pect­ed dis­cov­er­ies of the AIW expe­ri­ence.  First time vis­i­tors and first time exhibitors are like chil­dren in a can­dy store, hav­ing any expec­ta­tions sur­passed by all the won­der­ful things dis­cov­ered down each row and at each table.  The vari­ety and qual­i­ty of carv­ings and wood­work­ing cre­ations are awe inspir­ing while at the same time spark­ing imag­i­na­tion and dreams of being able to cre­ate sim­i­lar cre­ations by one’s own adven­ture into the art.  Col­lec­tors and gift givers have plen­ty from which to choose as well as per­son­al­ly get­ting to know the artists. Exhibitors and vis­i­tors alike enjoy the impromp­tu con­ver­sa­tions that devel­op as well as the mutu­al help with ques­tions like “How did it you do this?”  or “How can I get start­ed in doing what your do?” There are thir­ty ven­dors offer­ing knives, tools, books, wood, rough outs and sup­plies for the art and craft of work­ing in wood.  Ven­dors not only have well stocked items but are eager to offer help­ful answers and sug­ges­tions to each patron’s needs.

The ART in Unex­pect­ed Places is many and var­ied.   Almost every hour of the show a free door prize of donat­ed carv­ings is offered to vis­i­tors.   The Silent Auc­tion of carv­ing and wood­worked projects on any sub­ject depict­ing a Win­ter Hol­i­day between Novem­ber and March was a bonus of sur­pris­es.   Two Raf­fles offered donat­ed items by sev­er­al artists in wood which also includ­ed a tree loaded down with carv­ing orna­ments.  Then there was the Orna­ment Carv­ing Con­test on Sat­ur­day after­noon in which the par­tic­i­pants were observed putting the fin­ish­es touch­es on each orna­ment. Judg­ing of the orna­ments result­ed with top three win­ners of rib­bons being Vic Hood, Wayne Shin­lever and Tim Jack­son.  All par­tic­i­pants were eli­gi­ble for the draw­ing of $35 cash prize, which went to Steve Fowler, Tim Jack­son and Bob Minton.  The Show’s Spe­cial Dis­play of Decoys showed exam­ples of the his­to­ry and devel­op­ment of Duck Decoys.  The Ban­quet Cel­e­bra­tion for par­tic­i­pat­ing exhibitors was a relax­ing respite from a busy first day. Fol­low­ing a deli­cious catered meal and delight­ful table con­ver­sa­tions the fun part began with pur­chas­ing “stretch of the arms” strips of raf­fle tick­ets as the main fund rais­er to bal­last the URS dona­tion.  High-end prizes were offered to sweet­en the pot of pos­si­bil­i­ty for each win­ner while each los­er still was a win­ner in hav­ing giv­en to a good cause.  The high­light of the ban­quet always comes with the sur­prise announce­ment of the annu­al Ron Ryan Award to the per­son who most exem­pli­fies the encour­age­ment and advance­ment of wood­carv­ing.  2012 recip­i­ent is Stu Mar­tin who has instruct­ed thou­sands in his sem­i­nars over the years as well as cre­at­ing a spe­cial style of art in his rough out blanks.  All ban­quet par­tic­i­pants received a donat­ed door prize at the con­clu­sion of the evening.

It has often been said, “Beau­ty is in the eye of the behold­er,” and it can also be said that “art is in the eye of the behold­er” of all kinds of art, the seen, the expect­ed, the unex­pect­ed and the serendip­i­tous.  Artistry in Wood is promis­es to be rich in all kinds of Art for vis­i­tors and exhibitors on Novem­ber 9 and 10, 2013.  Vis­it www.daytoncarvers.com to refresh the mem­o­ry of the last show or to be intro­duced to what to expect for the next show.

Charlotte Woodcarvers 2013 Showcase

2013 Charlotte Woodcarvers Club Showcase of Woodcarvings

 

Showcase of Woodcarvings Best of Show

Show­case of Wood­carv­ings Best of Show

The Char­lotte Wood­carvers Club held their annu­al Show­case of Wood­carv­ings on Feb­ru­ary 15–17, 2013 at teh Mar­i­on Diehl Recre­ation Cen­ter.  WOM con­trib­u­tors “Ol’ Don” and Sandie Burgdorf exhib­it­ed at the event and were kind enough to share their pho­tographs.  To view the gallery, click HERE, or in the menu bar at the top of the page, click on WOM then select Gal­leries from the pull-down menu.

IWC 2012 Galleries

What has 371 pho­tos (actu­al­ly twice that if you count the thumb­nails) and some of the best carv­ing you’ll see any­where?  The pho­to gal­leries from the 2012 Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress, that’s what.  In the gal­leries you’ll find 132 of pho­tog­ra­ph­er Marc Feath­er­ly’s excel­lent stu­dio pho­tos of the win­ners at IWC 2012, includ­ing sev­en pho­tos of Dream, Fred Zavadil’s Best of Show win­ner.

In addi­tion to the gallery of the prize-win­ning carv­ings, you’ll also find Marc’s can­did pho­tos from the Class­es, Award Ban­quet, the Judges cri­tique ses­sion, the Show floor, and oth­er pho­tos around and about dur­ing Con­gress.  In addi­tion, WOM con­trib­u­tor “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf and Sandie Burgdorf shared with us 127 of the can­did pho­tos they took dur­ing Con­gress.

As always, the pho­tos in the winner’s gallery are click­able, and will take you to much larg­er ver­sions of these great carv­ings.  (Much larg­er then you’ll see in any paper pub­li­ca­tion.)  The large pho­tos will afford you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to real­ly look at the win­ners in detail.

To vis­it the gal­leries, click on the WOM Gal­leries menu item at the top of the page, or click HERE.   Enjoy!

CCA 2012 Competition

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CCA 2012 Caricature Carving Competition Report

The Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca (CCA) spon­sored 2012 Car­i­ca­ture Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion was held on August 22 and 23 in Con­verse, IN, and once again host­ed by the East­ern Wood­land Carvers Club.  Club mem­bers han­dle receiv­ing and unpack­ing of sub­mis­sions, sit up dis­plays for judg­ing, and repack the carv­ing for ship­ping home after the com­pe­ti­tion.

The 2012 Com­pe­ti­tion, judged by CCA mem­bers and sem­i­nar instruc­tors Steve Prescott, Don Mertz and P.J. Driscoll, includ­ed 191 entries from the US and Cana­da.  As is typ­i­cal, the com­pe­ti­tion was keep and the judges had no small task in select­ing the win­ners.

The CCA mem­ber­ship encour­ages any­one to com­pet­ed this year to do so in 2013, and sug­gest that those carvers who have not entered the com­pe­ti­tion give it con­sid­er­a­tion.  Judg­ing is rotat­ed among CCA mem­bers, so you can expect a fresh approach each year.

The Best of Show win­ner was Dale Green’s carv­ing of “Rab­bit Revenge.”  Sec­ond Best of Show was “Slooow Dancin’” by Lennie Williams, and David Borg claimed Third Best of Show for “Gam­bling Giraffe.”  You can see Carl Saathoff’s excel­lent pho­tos of these and oth­er win­ners in the Win­ners’ Gal­leries in this issue of WOM.

The top three win­ners received cash prices of $200, $100, and $50 respec­tive­ly.  First and sec­ond place in each cat­e­go­ry received prizes of $50 and $25.

For infor­ma­tion about the 2013 Com­pe­ti­tion, which will be judged on August 22, 2013, vis­it the CCA web site at cca-carvers.com.

Click HERE to vis­it the Win­ners Gallery.

Artistry in Wood 2011 Gallery

Artistry In Wood 2011 Gallery

Pho­tos by Marc Feath­er­ly

Click each of the fol­low­ing links to vis­it the var­i­ous Gallery pages — when com­plete, close the gallery win­dow to return here

AIW 2011 Gallery Page One Link

AIW 2011 Gallery Page Two Link

AIW 2011 Gallery Page Three Link

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AIW 2011 Gallery Page Five Link

Artistry in Wood 2011

Artistry In Wood 2011

A MEMORY REVISITED


by Don­ald K. Mertz

The 2011 Artistry in Wood Show, Day­ton, Ohio is now a dis­tant mem­o­ry.  Like all mem­o­ries that stick in our minds, it is one to be revis­it­ed again and again.  The details of the mem­o­ry may have fad­ed because of being over­whelmed with 225 exhibitors fill­ing over 300 dis­play booths dis­play­ing wood carv­ings and wood work­ing projects.  Vis­it­ing the 2012 Artistry in Wood Show Novem­ber 10 and 11 will refresh the mem­o­ry and make new mem­o­ries.

Since 1981 AIW has grown into the nation’s pre­mier show­case for art in wood, be it carv­ing or wood­work­ing. 4,800 vis­i­tors attend­ed the 2011 show to be amazed and enthralled with the cre­ativ­i­ty epit­o­mized in the great vari­ety of wood sculp­ture and fine wood­work­ing projects.

AIW stays true to its mis­sion of pro­vid­ing a venue for wood­carvers to show­case their cre­ativ­i­ty in an aes­thet­ic and wel­com­ing exhi­bi­tion hall as well as hav­ing top notch carv­ings entered into com­pe­ti­tion. Some of the best carv­ings one will see dur­ing the year are show­cased at Day­ton by carvers of mer­it from 22 states and Cana­da.  Most carv­ings on dis­play are also for sale to the col­lec­tor and gift giv­er who are look­ing for that one of a kind work of art. Also at the venue are top qual­i­ty ven­dors of carv­ing sup­plies, tools, wood and books to meet every carver’s need.

Entries into com­pe­ti­tion in both the wood­work­ing and wood­carv­ing divi­sions were not only beau­ti­ful works of art but were of top qual­i­ty.  The judges had their work cut out for them with mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories con­tain­ing sev­er­al class­es in each cat­e­go­ry to eval­u­ate with thor­ough aes­thet­ic and tech­ni­cal scruti­ny.  Judges in Wood­work­ing divi­sion were Roger Hor­nung, Jim McCann and Lary Sanders. Wood­carv­ing divi­sion judges were Vic Hood, Stu Mar­tin and Wayne Shin­lever. 
Win­ners in the Best of Show in Wood­carv­ing Divi­sion were:

  • Fred Zavadil (Wind­sor, Ontario, Cana­da), First
  • Ter­ry Brash­er (Peters­burg, TN), Sec­ond
  • Sandy Cza­j­ka (Troy, OH), Third

In the Wood­work­ing Divi­sion Best of Show win­ners were:

  • Jay Kinsinger (Cedarville, OH), First
  • Jim Dupler (Indi­anapo­lis, IN), Sec­ond
  • Richard Reese (Cen­ter­ville, OH), Third

Free Demon­stra­tions occurred both Sat­ur­day and Sun­day to pro­vide instruc­tion­al infor­ma­tion ben­e­fi­cial to carvers and wood­work­ers.  Demon­stra­tions were pre­sent­ed by Cheryl Gus­tat­son, Jack Miller, Floyd Rhadi­gan, Dave Arndt and Scott Phillips (long­time friend and sup­port­er of AIW).

Wood­carv­ing Illus­trat­ed host­ed in their Spit-N-Whit­tle booth a num­ber of one hour demon­stra­tions by Tom Hin­des, Floyd Rhadi­gan, Rick Jensen, Jim Willis, Jan Oege­ma, Bruce Nicholas, Vic Hood, Ter­ry Brash­er, Bruce Henn, Bob Stadt­lander, Don Wor­ley, Bob Bier­mann, Desiree Hajny and Don Mert.

As impor­tant as the carv­ing aspect is for the show, even of greater impor­tance is a char­i­ta­ble dona­tion of $5,000 to Unit­ed Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices, which to date after thir­ty shows totals $120,000. Added this year was a $500 gift to Part­ners Against Crime.

Next in impor­tance seems to be recog­ni­tion one carv­er each year with the Ron Ryan Award, announced dur­ing the Sat­ur­day night banque.  The 2011 recip­i­ent was Lynn Doughty of Jay, Okla­homa. The Ron Ryan Award hon­ors some­one each year who embod­ies the encour­age­ment and advance­ment of wood­carv­ing as Ron Ryan did in his life­time.  The ban­quet itself is like a fam­i­ly reunion of carv­ing friends who gath­er after a fun-filled day of meet­ing thou­sands of vis­i­tors to enjoy a meal, share in a raf­fle of choice donat­ed gifts, and every ban­quet par­tic­i­pant receives a donat­ed door prize.

West­ern Ohio Wood­work­ers host­ed a children’s hands-on work­shop in which 260 chil­dren made over 450 projects from kits sup­plied by the WOW mem­ber­ship. Smiles were on children’s faces as they car­ried home a wood project they put togeth­er with the help of WOW mem­bers.  More impor­tant­ly, each child cre­at­ed in their hearts of mem­o­ry that will hope­ful­ly launch each child into a life­long pas­sion for mak­ing things with their own hands. Dur­ing AIW’s two day show, mem­bers of WOW were also mak­ing toys for kids who are patients at Children’s Hos­pi­tal.  This “Smile a Minute” activ­i­ty assem­bled 287 toys that put smiles on chil­dren in the hos­pi­tal.

The Spe­cial Exhib­it of high end wood­en trucks, trac­tors and heavy equip­ment was cre­at­ed by Scott Hamil­ton who gra­cious­ly shared his astound­ing dis­play to the amaze­ment of exhi­bi­tion vis­i­tors.

Revis­it the AIW mem­o­ry by vis­it­ing the www.daytoncarvers.com home­page which con­tains a video about the 2011 Show pro­duced by web­mas­ter Car­ole Williams. There is anoth­er two part video pre­sent­ed by Wood­craft that can be found on the “Artistry in Wood” Page.  Scott Phillips of The Amer­i­can Wood­shop PBS pro­gram and long­time sup­port­er and friend of AIW nar­rat­ed the video pro­vid­ed by Wood­craft.  Wood­craft also donat­ed a gen­er­ous raf­fle prize at the ban­quet.