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Michigan Woodworker Wins “Autographed” Lathe in Woodcraft Woodworking in America Show Drawing

Scott Phillips, co-host of The American Woodshop on PBS, congratulates James Vitale of Macomb, Michigan, on winning a Jet lathe in a Woodcraft random drawing at the Midwest Woodworking in America show. Phillips and Tommy MacDonald, host of Woodworking with Tommy Mac, autographed the lathe.

James Vitale of Macomb, Michigan, came home from the Midwest Woodworking in America show with an unexpected surprise — a brand new lathe autographed by two popular woodworking  public television personalities —  the prize in Woodcraft’s end-of-the show random drawing from names of registered booth visitors.

Vitale won a Jet 1220 Variable-Speed Midi Lathe and an adjustable stand (retail value of $959.98) donated by Jet. To give the lathe a personal touch, Scott Phillips, co-host with his wife Suzy of The American Woodshop, and Tommy MacDonald, host of Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac, autographed the lathe.

“I was blown away about winning the lathe, it’s pretty cool. Having Scott and Tommy’s names on the lathe to remind me of winning such a great prize is just awesome.”…James Vitale

Vitale said he had met MacDonald, “a really cool guy and very down to earth,” a few years ago at the first WIA show he attended and had seen Phillips at shows but never met him.  “Scott congratulated me right away and was very excited for me,” Vitale said. “We spoke for a few moments, and I shared with him what kind of woodworking I do.”

A woodworker for 18 years, Vitale is part of his family’s business, Macomb Stairs & Millwork, working primarily on staircases and architectural millwork. “I also love designing and building furniture,” he said. “And I’ve been doing woodturning for about four years.”

Vitale has been coming to WIA shows since 2010. Although he took advantage of the classes offered, he said he came “mostly for the interaction with fellow woodworkers and toolmakers in the marketplace.” He is a customer at the Sterling Heights Woodcraft, a 15-minute drive from his home. “I frequent this store for all my woodworking supplies and have really gotten to know all the employees over the past 10 years,” he said.

Second drawing. Another booth visitor’s name was picked in a second random drawing held at Woodcraft corporate headquarters a few days after the show. Tim Ryan of Batavia, Ohio, won a WoodRiver Ultimate V3 Bench Plane Set that includes #3, #4, #5, and #6 planes and the new Pinnacle 151 Spokeshave, a $650 value.

Woodcraft Supply, LLC, is the industry leader in providing a wide variety of top quality products, educational opportunities and one-on-one guidance to woodworkers of all skill levels. For more information about Woodcraft, please contact the store nearest you, visit www.woodcraft.com or call (800) 535-4482. To learn about Woodcraft franchise opportunities, call (800) 344-3348, visit www.woodcraftfranchise.com or email woodcraftfranchise@woodcraft.com.

You never know what good stuff might happen at the WIA Woodcraft booth. Be sure to check us out next year at WIA 2013!

Search for more Woodworking Adventures from Woodworking in America 2012, stay linked…Frank

 
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    John Morris, November 8, 2012
    Wow! Nice work guys! Congratulations to the winners. Vitale's family does some pretty awesome work in the world of stair building. Very cool indeed. Reply

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