Technology Award
1998 Kootenay Value Added Wood Forum

OSB Bookcase
Oriented Strand Board
864 x 1776 x 216 mm

Jeff Hohner, 1998

The Value Added Wood Forum was an annual conference of B.C. forest industry companies, regulators, wood producers and value added manufacturers held on a rotating basis in different cities in the province's East and West Kootenay regions from 1995 to 1999. The Forum also hosted a competiton for woodworkers producing goods with B.C. wood and wood products. The competition included categories for furniture, carving and small objects, for limited and mass production, and for commercial and student entries. It attracted approximately 100 entrants per year.

This piece was entered in the commercial mass production furniture category. It won the Technology Award for its innovative use of material. The competition was juried by Paul Epp, a Toronto furniture designer and instructor at the Ontario College of Art.

The piece is made of 3/8" oriented strand board, a construction grade material used for sheathing. It knocks down into three uprights and 16 shelves for shipping. It assembles with 6 1/4" threaded steel rods. This prototype is stained with analine dyes to accentuate the patterning of the OSB.

designs & images © Jeff Hohner