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The 2014 Made in the South Contest

Garden and Gun Magazine’s fifth annual Made in the South contest is open and ready for applicants!

The contest, started in 2010, is in partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design and features unique products in the categories of food, drink, outdoors, style and design and home. Each year, a panel of judges pick one winning entry and several honorable mentions in every category that best showcase the cultural tradition and craftsmanship found in the southern states. These artists, and the products they have contributed, are featured in the December/January issue of Garden and Gun that year. This year, the overall winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000.

I recently talked with Louisville woodworker Jason Cohen, owner of JC Woodartisan, whose bourbon barrel furniture won in the Home category in 2011, to see what suggestions he had for Kentucky artists wanting to apply.  His advice? Just do it!

Cohen, a juried participImageant of the Kentucky Crafted program, applied to Made in the South on a whim. A woodworker for more than 20 years, he spent most of his time crafting pieces on commission or repairing and restoring furniture. It wasn’t until his neighboring business, Bourbon Barrel Foods,  commissioned the unique furniture that Cohen broke into the bourbon barrel market. The stylish table and  stools he creates are what caught the attention of Garden and Gun judges.

Calling his win “one of the best things that has ever happened,” Cohen now specializes in the creation of his  unique furniture and his business has taken off in the years since.  Just recently, he completed commission of 100 stools for a new bar opening in Nashville.

To be eligible for the win, applicants must submit a specific product or related group of products that have  been designed and assembled in the south. Submissions are broad and last year’s winners included a  Florida creamery and a banjo-maker from North Carolina.

For official contest rules and to enter the Made in the South contest, visit

Good luck!  


 Alex Newby, Communications Assistant







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