Nov 30
Wood Awards trophies by Moe Redish

Crafting Excellence: Moe Redish, Designer Wood Awards 2023 Trophies

In the world of craftsmanship and design, Moe Redish stands out as a visionary creator, bringing his passion for woodworking to life through the intricate and stunning trophies designed for the prestigious Wood Awards 2023. In an exclusive interview, Redish shares insights into his background, design philosophy, materials and techniques, and the collaborative journey with the Wood Awards.

Moe Redish’s journey into the world of design and craftsmanship began after secondary school when he opted for carpentry as his trade of choice. A turbulent school experience led him to explore the hands-on world of construction trades, where he quickly fell in love with the intricate details of woodworking. Gradually transitioning from carpentry to furniture and design, Redish discovered his true passion for working with wood.

When tasked with creating trophies for the Wood Awards, Redish wanted to defy the traditional metallic and ostentatious designs often associated with awards. His philosophy revolved around infusing the same design and stylistic considerations found in the submitted works into the trophies themselves. Redish aimed to create objects that not only celebrated excellence but also sparked conversations among winners about the craftsmanship behind their accolades.

Redish’s selection of materials for the Wood Awards trophies reflects his commitment to diversity and aesthetic richness. Opting for three different American hardwood species across the thirteen trophies added complexity and nuance to the design process. Despite the challenges, the varied colours and textures became a defining feature of the trophies, symbolizing the diversity within the wood industry.

The collaboration with the Wood Awards was both an honour and a daunting task for Redish. Knowing that the recipients of the awards were some of the best in the timber industry added a layer of pressure and responsibility. However, this challenge was one that Redish embraced, driven by a sense of pride in contributing to an event that celebrates excellence in wood projects.

Among the array of trophies, Redish highlights the Building Category trophies as particularly memorable. These trophies presented unique challenges, containing a mix of American maple, cherry, red oak and thermally-modified timber. Redish navigated the complexities of joint direction and exposed joinery on the edges, creating trophies that stand out for their craftsmanship and design intricacies.

The artistry of the Wood Awards trophies is further enhanced by the generous contribution of American hardwoods, kindly donated by the American Hardwood Export Council, showcasing a harmonious blend of craftsmanship and sustainable materials in each meticulously crafted trophy.

Knowing these crafted trophies will be proudly displayed in the homes and studios of the Wood Awards winners brings a sense of pride to Redish. His work serves as a constant reminder that the recognition bestowed upon these exceptional projects is a source of fulfilment for the designer.

Moe Redish’s journey from carpentry to designing the Wood Awards trophies is a testament to the transformative power of passion and dedication. His creations not only honour excellence in wood projects but also push the boundaries of design, leaving an indelible mark on the intersection of craftsmanship and celebration.

As a not-for-profit competition, the Wood Awards can only happen with collaborative industry sponsorship. A huge thank you for continued support from Carpenters CompanyAmerican Hardwood Export Council and Timber Development UK.