Excellence in Craft Award winners

The Excellence in Craft Award (not to be confused with the Excellence in Craft Contest) was initiated in 1971 to honor an OWAA member “for outstanding effort in upholding the OWAA Creed and continued excellence in craft.” Recipients are selected by past Excellence in Craft Award recipients. Before making a final selection, the selection committee consults with both the Awards Committee chair and the immediate past president.

PAST WINNERS

1972 – C.B. “Bill” Colby* 
1973 – L.A. Wilke* 
1974 – Frank Woolner* 
1975 – Homer Circle* 
1976 – C. Herb Williams
1977 – Charles F. Waterman* 
1978 – John B. Madson* 
1979 – Roger Latham* 
1980 – Joel M. Vance*
1981 – Erwin A. Bauer* 
1982 – Charley Dickey* 
1983 – George Laycock* 
1984 – Maynard Reece*
1985 – Bill McRae
1986 – Patrick McManus*
1987 – Leonard Lee Rue III
1988 – Charles N. Elliott* 
1989 – Norman M. Strung* 
1990 – George Reiger
1991 – Mark J. Sosin*
1992 – Edward G. Zern* 
1993 – Gene Hill* 
1994 – Nick Lyons
1995 – Bob Brister*
1996 – John A. Barsness 
1997 – Curt Gowdy* 

1998 – Grits Gresham* 
1999 – M.R. James
2000 – Joan Salvato Wulff
2001 – Jack Samson* 
2002 – Nash Buckingham* 
2003 – David J. Richey* 
2004 – C. Boyd Pfeiffer*
2005 – Tom Huggler
2006 – Chris Madson
2007 – D.E. “Babe” Winkelman
2008 – Jerry Gibbs
2009 – Jay Cassell
2010 – Glen Lau
2011 – Ron Schara
2012 – Thayne Smith*
2013 – Glenn Sapir
2014 – Brent Frazee
2015 – Tim Christie
2016 – W. Glenn Titus*
2017 – Bruce Cochran
2018 – Ben Moyer
2019 – Dan Small
2020  Guy Coheleach
2021 
 Tom Stienstra
2022  Jack Ballard

While the above are Excellence in Craft Award winners, OWAA’s annual Excellence in Craft Contest allows the association’s members to enter their best works from the previous year. You can learn more about OWAA’s contests here

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