Fine Woodworking Program Set for Year End Show

Selkirk College Students Working Hard at Silver King Campus


Renowned in the furniture design and woodworking communities for the highly skilled craftspeople it produces, the Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program is preparing for an impressive showcase of talent at the annual Year End Show.

A Nelson tradition, students in the Fine Woodworking Program will have their finished products on display between May 22 and May 24 at the Nelson Trading Company Building (402 Baker Street).

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Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program student Gavin Firkser works on one of his projects that will be on display at the annual Year End Show starting May 22 at the Nelson Trading Company Building.

“It’s been a fantastic year and great learning environment,” says student Cody Hutchinson. “It’s amazing how far we have all come and credit has to go to the two instructors in charge of the program, Michael Grace and David Fraser.”

A Talented Group of Students

Students from all across Canada arrive to the Silver King Campus with a wide range of backgrounds and experience to study at Selkirk College in the world-class workshop and learn from the veteran instructors.

Over the past nine months the Grace and Fraser have led the class in traditional and innovative techniques which enable students to head out the door with the skills and an extensive knowledge base for a variety of jobs in the fine woodworking field. Just as importantly, students are leaving with an education in design and the creative process in furniture making, turning their ideas and sketches into reality.

“I feel that I now have the educational background to dive head first into a future of fine craftsmanship,” says Paolo Riva, who came to Selkirk College from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Students in the Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program are currently putting the finishing touches on the projects that will be on display at the annual Year End Show starting May 22 at the Nelson Trading Company Building.

This year’s class of 17 students have persevered through the nine month program to produce exquisite pieces of furniture and invite everyone to come out and celebrate their accomplishments, while taking a closer inspection of their work. Some of the work on display will be for sale.

The Year End Show will open on Friday (May 22) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a reception open to the public from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the students and faculty in attendance. The program is also inviting the public to come and celebrate instructor Michael Grace’s last year at Selkirk College. 

The show will continue Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Throughout the weekend, there will be students on hand to answer any questions and talk about their experiences over the past nine months at Selkirk College.


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