Nathan Schrock and Eric Warnick

The artistic creations of two Pittsburg State wood technology students have been recognized as some of the best pieces in the country.

Eric Warnick and Nathan Schrock, students in the Wood Technology program, took first and second places (respectively) in the Case Goods category of the 2010 International Woodworking Fair, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta last September.

Judges ranked the original pieces of 50 finalists from 21 schools, including powerhouses like Purdue, Brigham Young, and Iowa State, within the competition’s six categories.

Warnick, a senior from Overland Park, Kan., made a mahogany-framed, king-size bed with quartered, book-matched sapele veneer. Schrock, a graduate student from Harper, Kan., built a nine-drawer, quartered, figured walnut veneer dresser. Both students worked on their projects over the course of the spring semester – a unique opportunity, as PSU has the only four-year program in the country with an emphasis of secondary wood manufacturing.

Previously, students from PSU have taken home the titles of First in Class (2002) and Best of Show (1988).

They not only designed the projects, but they also manufactured all the parts, assembled, and finished the projects at PSU. Many design schools farm out the actual manufacturing of their project parts because they don’t have access to equipment or they lack the technical expertise.