MORGANTOWN - WV LIVING Magazine has chosen David Shombert, owner of Woodspun Workshop near Elkins, to receive its seal of approval as the best in art and design in the state.
The magazine praised Shombert for his attention to detail in each bowl, platter, and decorative piece of turned wood.
WV LIVING recently set out to find the best in-state products that embody craftsmanship, creativity, quality, beauty, and innovation. The goal was to name the best-of-the-best in handmade crafts in West Virginia.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Elkins resident and woodturner Dave Shombert is featured in the Winter 2013 issue of WV Living Magazine as the winner of the Made in West Virginia Arts and Designs contest.
Nikki Bowman, the magazine's editor, said, "West Virginia is home to so many fascinating artisans. This year we discovered everything from face-puckering pickles to awe-inspiring instruments and so much more. Each winner truly embodies West Virginia's best.
"David's work is exceptional, and we were thrilled to profile him in the magazine's Winter 2013 issue."
After the success of the first Made in West Virginia Awards in the fall of 2012, WV LIVING paired up with the Tamarack Foundation once again to find and champion the best products made in the Mountain State.
Nearly 100 contestants competed, and the grand prize in each category was $1,000 from the Tamarack Foundation.
Judges included Chef Dale Hawkins (food and drink), former Miss West Virginia Kim Parrish (fashion and accessories), small business owner Michele Messenger (home decor), and Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
Sally Barton, executive director of the Tamarack Foundation, said its objective is "to provide support to the individual artisan entrepreneur, wherever they are in their development that will lead to their highest level of economic, professional and personal success."
She added, "We were thrilled to partner with WV LIVING magazine and support the artisans like David Shombert."