Saturday, June 22, 2013

MHA Design/Build Contest 2013 Winners Announced

The following are the winners of the MHA Design/Build Contest 2013

Members of the Masonry Heater Association of North America competed in the annual Design/Build Contest, which has been hosted by the MHA since 2008.  Categories are Masonry, Masonry Heater, and Bake Oven.  All projects must be designed and built by the entrant. 

Judges were veteran masonry specialists and past board members Pat Manley, Glen Overk, and Gary Hart. The judges did not know who did the work – they looked at photos and descriptions only. The entries were judged on the following: Skill in Craftsmanship, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Overall Design.  The scoring was very close, and in some cases only one point separated a winning entry from a non-winning entry.  All of the contest projects are posted.

Masonry Heater Contest
First place:
Chris Prior
Adirondack Chimney Co.
Middle Grove NY
Prior1 (2)Prior1 (3)_____________________________________
Second place: Matthew Helicke
Lefthand Masonry, LLC
Fort Collins CO
Helicke1 (2)
Third place: Jean-David Moreau
L’Esprit d Lieu / Spirit of Place Masonry Heaters
Val-David, QC J0T 2N0 Canada
Spiritof Place (1) Spiritof Place (2)
Bake Oven Contest
First place: Western Masonry, Inc.
Western Masonry Inc.
Woodinville, WA
WesternMasonryOven (2)WesternMasonryOven (3)____________________________________
Second place: Jessica Steinhauser
Stonehouse Pottery
Guelph, ON N1H 3V2  Canada
Steinhauser (2) Steinhauser (3)________________________________
Second Place (tie): Hendrick Lepel
Coolibah, Belgooly Co. Cork Ireland
Bakehus1 (1) Bakehus1 (2)____________________________________
Third place: Dan French
French Masonry
Imperial, MO
French (4) French (6)__________________________________________________________
Masonry Contest
First place: Jeffrey Owens
JTO Masonry
Allen Park, MI
OwensMasonry (1) OwensMasonry (2)__________________________________
Second place: Jon Santiago
Santiago (2) Santiago (1)
Third place: Dan French
French Masonry
Imperial, MO
French (2) French (1)
* Note: contest entrants without websites have their e-mail links above.
The following are the rest of the contest entries:
Albie Barden
Maine Wood Heat Co.
Skowhegan, ME
Barden1 (1) Barden1 (2)
Barden2 (1) Barden2 (2)
Marty Pearson
Stone Comfort Fireplace Gallery
Plainville, MA
Pearson1 Pearson2__________________________________________
Western Masonry, Inc.Western Masonry Inc.
Woodinville, WA
WesternOven Westernoven2
WesternMasonry (1) WesternMasonry (2)
Gene Padgitt
HearthMasters, Inc.
Kansas City, MO
5312012gene-061web Gene110212 127
Ira Glick/Mike Wurzbacher
Squirrel Tail Ovens
Red Lion PA
GlickOven (1)GlickOven (2)


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