Nov 27, 2012

Phillips will judge annual toy contest

ANSONIA – Scott Phillips, host of the popular PBS television program The American Woodshop, will judge the 19th annual Toys for Tots Toy Contest hosted by the Ansonia Lumber Co., 300 S. Main St., Ansonia.

Crafters are urged to bring their handmade wooden toys to Ansonia Lumber between now and Dec. 15. The entries will be on display until judging at 9:30 a.m., on Dec. 15. Contestants are encouraged to enter as many toys as they wish but will only be eligible for one prize. All entries will become the property of Toys for Tots and will be distributed to needy children. Phillips will base his judging on style, originality, quality and how they would appeal to a child. The public is invited to attend the judging and see the toys.

The prizes, donated by Ansonia Lumber Co., are Grand Prize - $150 Ansonia Lumber Gift Certificate; second prize - $100 Ansonia Lumber Gift Certificate; and third prize – Dremel Cordless 7.2v Kit.

Phillips is in his fourth decade of woodworking. He started in his father’s shop when he was 11. The first moneymaking projects were air-dried walnut shelves and boxes. These projects led into furniture and restoration commissions. Furniture repair work quickly led to a passion around antique furniture. Phillips considers Chippendale and Shaker furniture styles his favorite source of design inspiration. His approach: study the best then make furniture using correct techniques. The American Woodshop will soon be airing its 19th season. The program is broadcast on more than 370 television stations and reaches five million viewers each week. The program can be seen locally on Saturdays, 11 a.m., on WPTD Channel 16.

Ansonia Lumber Co. is proud to host the 19th annual Toys for Tots Wooden Toy Contest as a way to help make Christmas a little brighter for underprivileged children.

For more information, call 337-3111.

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