I have never entered any of my work in a competitive show before. But the NC Woodworkers were encouraging members to submit pieces for the North Carolina Woodworking Showcase in Raleigh last weekend. So, I took my latest two mandolins and entered them in the musical instrument category. The left handed one got the blue ribbon for musical instruments, and also won best in show for non-professional entries.
I had no idea that my work would win anything — but it was a great feeling to see a blue ribbon awarded to “Lefty.”
I think the stand I built at the last minute may have helped with the overall entry.
Now I need to learn to play it!