2020 Woodworking Show Winners

THANKS to everyone that participated in the Sears Trostel 17th Annual Woodworking Show, Sale & Competition last week, February 20-22! There is so much talent in our community and we love providing a venue to share their creativity.

We also thank this year's judges who took-on the difficult task of picking the winners from the wide variety of beautiful and technically-challenging entries:
Hobbyist Category Winners

1st Place — Dan Swaim, "Swirl Bowl" in Purpleheart, Redheart, Ash, Oak and Wenge

2nd Place — Don Maul, "Blanket Strip" in Bigleaf Maple Burl

3rd Place — Brian Carroll, "Chillin" in Mesquite and Juniper

Professional Category Winners

1st Place — Ray Cole, "Rosette" in Oak, Cherry and Maple

2nd Place — Terry Chaplin, "Prairie Storm Table Lamp" in Maple

3rd Place — Spencer Young, "Everette Media Console" in Walnut, Bubinga and Maple

Best of Epoxy — Jim Stroh, "Serving Tray 2" in Reclaimed Red Oak, White Oak and Elm

Visitors at the show were the judges for the People's Choice Award. Congratulations to Doug Turner for his "3-Leg Stool" in Black Walnut!

If you weren't able to make it to the show, you can see all the entries in the 17th Annual Woodworking Show Gallery.


The Sears Trostel 2020 Woodworking Show, Sale & Competition — February 20-22, 2020

We love celebrating creativity expressed in wood, and that's what the Sears Trostel Woodworking Show, Sale and Competition is all about!

This is our 17th year to give local woodworkers of all skill levels the opportunity to show-off their woodworking talents, compete for prizes and sell their pieces.

Stop by the show to see a beautiful variety of original works — and maybe even take something home, too.*

>> Check out last year's show entries

Show Hours:
  • Thursday, February 20 — 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday, February 21 — 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 22 — 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sears Trostel Lumber & Millwork Showroom
1500 Riverside Ave
Fort Collins, CO


Whether you consider yourself a novice or a seasoned professional, this is a chance to share your talents. Furniture, turnings, carvings, novelty items, boxes, sculpture, works with marquetry and intarsia and more — anything the creative spirit inspires you to craft with wood, we want to see it!

Craftspeople working with EcoPoxy Resins are also encouraged to enter.* EcoPoxy Resins are non-toxic, low odor and incredibly durable resins that are safe and easy to use. They offer endless creative possibilities to woodworkers, artists, jewelry makers and contractors. LEARN MORE

New this year, prizes will be awarded in Hobbyist and Professional categories.

Prizes for 1st through 3rd place in both categories:
  • 1st Place — $100 Sears Trostel gift card
  • 2nd Place — $50 Sears Trostel gift card
  • 3rd Place — $25 Sears Trostel gift card
Two additional awards for all entries in the show:
  • People’s Choice — $25 Sears Trostel Gift Card
  • Creative Use of EcoPoxy — $75 Sears Trostel Gift Card

* EcoPoxy project entries are not required to include wood.

Registrations are due by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, February 18. Please bring your pieces to our Riverside location starting at 2:00 pm on February 19 and no later than 9 am on February 20.

>> Download the Registration Form here

Email your registration form to Katie Tingle at ktingle@sears-trostel.com or drop it off at our Riverside location.

OR complete the ONLINE Registration Form BELOW.

See you at the show!

* Any sale of pieces are between the artists and purchasers.


Celebrating 20 Years of Festool USA with Emerald Edition

For over 90 years, Festool has been an international industry innovator of power tools, pioneering the track saw and has become an industry leader in precision sawing, plunge routing, sanding, and dust extraction systems.

In 1999 Festool came to North America bringing its fleet of specialty tools for uncompromising craftsman.

Now, celebrating 20 years in North American, Festool's Emerald Edition products are available for a limited time. Get them at Sears Trostel while supplies last!

Purchase and register an Emerald Edition tool to enter the Festool Emerald Edition Sweepstakes.
  • The Grand Prize is a trip to Festool USA Headquarters to spend a day with a Festool Trainer, plus airfare and hotel accommodations.
  • Three 2nd Place winners will receive a CT MIDI I Dust Extractor
  • Five 3rd Place winners will receive a CXS Cordless Drill Set

No purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes. See the sweepstakes rules to learn how to enter without purchase. Enter by December 31, 2019 to qualify.

Plunge Cut Track Saw TS 55 REQ/FS [SOLD OUT]

The Emerald Edition TS 55 /FS includes the Emerald Blue Systainer and a 28T saw blade and 55" Guide Rail. $690


The Emerald Edition includes the Emerald Edition Systainer and a blade assortment pack, a $50 value.  $390

ROTEX Random Orbit Sander RO 150

The Emerald Edition includes the Emerald Blue Systainer, hard pad and 10 pack Granat P80 & P120, an $82.50 value  $620

DOMINO Joining Machine DF 500

The Emerald Edition includes the Emerald Blue Systainer, D6, D8 and D10 Cutters, a $136 value.  $1,040

Router OF 1400 EQ

The Emerald Edition includes the emerald blue Systainer and edge guard, an $86 value. $600


Fall DEMO DAY is October 24th

Thursday, October 24, 2019
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
1500 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins, CO

See the latest tools and products from top woodworking brands IN ACTION, talk with manufacturer representatives, enter to WIN great PRIZES, and have a FREE lunch at this fun and informative event. Whether you are a professional contractor, home DIYer, woodworker, or artist, this event has something for you.  

See product-specific demonstrations at the times below. Representatives are on-hand throughout the event to answer your questions and discuss any product.

10:00 AM — The NEW Festool KAPEX Sliding Compound Miter Saw.
Light in weight and heavy in features, the KAPEX is the perfect saw for the workshop or the jobsite.

10:30 AM — SawStop Table Saw. See the amazing hot dog vs. SawStop demonstration and learn about the incredible technology that makes it the world's safest table saw.

10:45 AM — Kreg  K5 Jig. The most advanced Kreg Jig to make building with wood easier.

11:00 AM— EcoPoxy Resin Pour.
Learn about non-toxic, low odor EcoPoxy Resins and see how easy they are to use. The creative possibilities are endless! This will be a detailed pour showing how to do repair work in figured and knotty wood, as well as demonstrating how to make standard patches and other details pop with EcoPoxy pigments, metallics and glitters.

11:30 AM — SawStop Table Saw.

NOON — EcoPoxy Resin Pour. Learn how to use EcoPoxy Liquid Plastic to create a pigmented river-style table.

12:30 PM — SawStop Table Saw.

12:45 PM — Kreg Adaptive Cutting System. The Kreg Adaptive Cutting System combines versatility, precision, safety, and portability to create a compact cutting center that allows you to take your building skills to the next level. Perfect for woodworking novices to professionals.

1:15 PM — SawStop Table Saw.

1:45 PM — Festool DOMINO Joining System. With a revolutionary cutting method, the DOMINO makes flawless mortises every time, with tenons that are stronger than biscuits or dowels.

Celebrating 20 years in North America, Festool's Emerald Edition tools are now in stock for a limited time. Check them out at DEMO DAY!

Register on Demo Day to WIN over $500 worth of prizes:

(You do not have to be present to win. Register between 7:30 am and 2:00 pm on Demo Day only.)
  • EcoPoxy Liquid Plastic 3L 2:1 Kit ($158.35 value)
  • Festool Limited Edition Centrotec Kit Sys-CE Mini ($120.00 value)
  • FastCap 3rd Hand 2-pc Upperhand System w/Carry Case 28"-60" ($94.60 value)
  • Fein Starlock Best of E-Cut Blades ($61.70 value)
  • Bessey 12" Capacity One-Handed 2-Clamp Set ($41.90 value)
  • FastCap Ballistic Self-Healing Apron ($35.20 value)
  • Kreg R3 Pocket Hole Jig ($29 value)

Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy BBQ and beverages on us!


The End of An Era

July 10, 2019

The Sears Trostel Bread ’N’ Boards annual fundraiser for the Food Bank for Larimer County has become a community staple that we are very proud to be a part of. And it is with sadness that we announce that the event will not be held this December.

For 13 years, Sears Trostel employees have made cutting boards throughout the year to sell at the Bread 'N' Boards event. With a sell-out most years, the boards created to meet the needs of the event have grown to 1000+ boards. That’s a lot of boards!
“It is a time- and manpower-intensive process, and it has been nearly impossible to divert staff to the project this year," says Curt Viehmeyer, General Manager and co-owner of Sears Trostel. "The increased pace of business has made it necessary to have all hands on deck to serve our valued customers.
“With less personnel time to devote to creating boards, plus an overall saturation in the marketplace, the difficult decision was made to bring the event to a close.”
We’re excited to say Bread 'N' Boards has raised just under $330,000 for the Food Bank since its inception. Now the staff is discussing alternative ways we can be of service to the Food Bank and the community.

We say THANK YOU to Great Harvest Bread of Fort Collins and New Belgium Brewery for their steadfast sponsorship support, and to all the volunteers, local artisans and businesses that gave of their time and resources to make Bread ‘N’ Boards such a success.