ST LOUIS CRAFTSMAN NOMINATED IN MARTHA STEWART COMPETITION

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St. Louis-area furniture craftsman David Stine, of David Stine Woodworking, is a leading contender in the 2013 Martha Stewart American Made Competition, which honors the best in American artisanal craft and design.

Stine, who lives in Richmond Heights, has been handcrafting furniture since 1997, is nominated in the design category which recognizes makers of furniture and other functional products.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be in this competition,” Stine said. “Martha Stewart is an iconic brand and her willingness to promote handmade craft and design with an emphasis on the local is inspiring. To see big brands like Martha Stewart embracing what American craftspeople do is inspiring.”

Stine, who is a regular participant in the Architectural Digest Show in New York and who exhibits across St. Louis, is the fourth generation to steward his family’s land in Dow, Illinois (near Grafton), where his woodshop is located and where he sustainably harvests all the wood he uses in his work.

An audience choice award winner will be selected from each of the six categories and a grand prizewinner will be chosen from those six. The grand prizewinner will receive a trip to New York, a photo shoot with Martha Stewart Living, an appearance on the Martha Stewart Living SiriusXM radio show, and $10,000. First round voting ends Sept. 13; voting for the grand prize finalists runs Sept. 17 through 22.

“I’m honored to be nominated,” Stine said, “but I want to win this! St. Louis has a vibrant art, design, and craft community, and I would love to spotlight that. I want to bring this home for my city and my region.”

People can vote from Dave’s homepage: www.stinewoodworking.com.

Stine’s local clients include chef Gerard Craft, for whom Stine created the dining room tables at Niche; Javelin and No Coast executive Charlie Smith; designer Annie Brahler; and Laura Maurice of Style Network’s “Resale Royalty.”

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