2018 John McAlister Award

The John McAlister Award is awarded annually by the Charlotte Woodworkers Association to the club member who in the current year most exemplifies the purpose of the organization through display of :

  • Demonstrating the Spirit of the Club
  • The Advancement of Woodworking Skills(
  • The Sharing of Knowledge
  • Participation in Club Activities

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This years Chairman of the Award Committee is Greg Smith.  All submissions below will go directly to the award committee for consideration.

Past recipients of the award are not eligible to receive it again.

Past Recipients include:

2015 – Fred Miller
2016 – Bruce Bogust
2017 – Dave Powles

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Rules

  1. Award will be result of written (email) nomination by any current club member, submitted to the award committee to be designated by the Board.  A member may also nominate him(her)self.
  2. Nominated club member must be a current dues-paid member for the year the award is given. The nominated club member cannot be a previous McAlister Award winner. 
  3. Announcement of the coming award and nomination process will be made during regular club meetings prior to the October meeting.  Nominations will be solicited from attendees of the October regular meeting and mass email sent to dues-paid members. 
  4. Nominations may be made any time before the deadline.  Deadline for nominations will be Nov 20, 2018 (6:00pm). Nomination is simple — name the nominee, and list specific reasons for the nomination.  Email nomination to mcalisteraward@charlottewoodworkers.org or give a hard copy to Greg Smith on or before the November meeting. 
  5. Award will be announced and presented at the Christmas meeting of the club.

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Mary Lou Miller is helping me out and she put together these great bullet points to help you craft your nomination.

Greg Smith

Demonstrating the SPIRIT of the CLUB  

  • affable, inclusive, welcoming all seasoned members and  newcomers alike 
  • is readily accessible for discussion and participation at meetings, via phone, internet, etc
  • accepts and supports projects put forth by consensus of club members

The Advancement of WOODWORKING SKILLS

  • continually educating self about standards, methods, materials, and tools
  • shows appreciation for and knowledge of the history of woodworking
  • sets high expectations for developing best methods and production outcomes

The Sharing of KNOWLEDGE

  • contributes educational materials to club through communal loans or library gifts
  • demonstrates techniques, explains varied uses of materials, announces resources/classes
  • offers assistance to all members in choosing and  implementing ideas, challenging voids

PARTICIPATION in Club Activities

  • present, visible, and  actively engaged at club meetings and club’s public outreach projects
  • contributes ideas, skills, materials, and assistance to club and individual endeavors
  • goes beyond what is asked by club to envision what is needed and how to accomplish it

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John McAlister – Member of the Charlotte Woodworkers, Wins Award

Member of the Charlotte Woodworkers, Wins Award

From the SAPFM website at www.sapfm.org

“Cartouche” Award: A highlight of our meeting is the recognition of an exceptional period furniture maker with the awarding of the Cartouche, the SAP FM’s annual award for lifetime achievement. The Cartouche is a bronze casting off a carving by SAPFM member Gene Landon of an 18th century Philadelphia cartouche of a Joseph Ellicott clock. This year the Executive Council is excited to announce that John McAlister of Charlotte, North Carolina will receive the award. John has been working wood as an amateur for almost 35 years, most of it satisfying his passion for building 18th century American period furniture. He is a self-taught, consummate craftsperson whose introduction to furniture making was Marlow’s Fine Furniture for the Amateur Cabinetmaker. John made all the pieces in the book. In fact, no period piece has ever intimidated John, but that is to be expected from this former fighter pilot who flew P-51’s during WW II. His home is filled with his work including his masterpiece Goddard-Townsend secretary. This piece was featured on the back cover of the April 1998 Fine Woodworking. Like many period furniture makers who started before woodworking magazines appeared, John has visited countless museums inspecting and measuring pieces of furniture that he later recreated in his basement workshop.

John embodies a special dedication to our craft and has always been willing to share his plans, research, and knowledge with fellow woodworkers. Jeffrey Greene thanked John on the title page of his book American Furniture of the 18th Century for his suggestions and encouragement. Numerous testimonials were received during the Cartouche selection process on John’s behalf thanking him for his help.

The Society of American Period Furniture Makers is honored to award gentleman and cabinetmaker, John McAlister with this year’s Cartouche Award.