News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Many high schools offer woodworking in shop class, including U-32 in East Montpelier. But, there’s woodworking projects (birdhouse) and then there’s woodworking projects (antique-style card table). Will Barstow, 17, has always opted for a challenge piece, says the Times Argus. This year the accomplishment of that challenge was recognized when he was awarded second place in the student division of the Vermont Wood Products Design Competition from among a field of 72. "I liked the challenge of the design," Will said. His 1800s Baltimore-style federal card table took Will two years and 350 hours to complete. He’s still putting the finishing touches on his masterpiece: resin and oil finish. Next up on his challenge list? It’s summer – give the kid a break. But he’ll have plenty of time to think about one.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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