We’ve never referred to the Challenge as a contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes because those are cringeworthy words and Instagram is chalked FULL of this. THIS is a challenge. We challenge each other to do better, be better, and think outside the box- and hey if there’s a prize at the end of the rainbow that’s just a bonus. Our team even participate’s in the challenge to prove if I can do this– YOU can do this!
The challenge is simple. It involves one wood based product plan and 3 weeks to build it. The top 2 winners are awarded products donated by sponsors, with one grand prize tool package awarded to the top builder. The challenge happens twice a year, the Fall season and the Spring Season.
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Season 5 judging panel
With a bachelor’s degree in architecture and master’s degree in construction, Tom Bury has been designing and building spaces for more than a decade. His projects range from multi-million dollar public and private sector buildings to private residences and everything in between. With a well-rounded background in construction, architecture and design, Tom can do it all.
Tom is the Founder/Partner in Division 9 Design + Construction, L.P. which is both a design firm and construction company. Tom is best known for his most challenging project to date, working with Chef Robert Irvine as the lead construction manager on the Food Network series Restaurant: Impossible. The two travel across the country trying to save America’s most desperate restaurants in just two days and with a budget of $10,000. Restaurant: Impossible is currently the most watched show on the Food Network with approximately 2 million of viewers tuning in each premiere episode.
So how did I get into building things you ask? Well, I have always enjoyed working with wood and building things, although I have never been all that good at it. Until one day in 2013. We had just finished having a screen room added on and needed furniture. A lot of the furniture we were looking at was ridiculously priced and rather simple design. Having this “I can build that!” attitude, I could see my wife rolling her eyes from the other room. But, I was determined. After some research, I settled on a plan from Ana-White. And wah-lah, there it was, a beautiful Belvedere Lounge Chair that looked like it was straight from Restoration Hardware. My wife and I were very surprised how well it turned out. I learned a very valuable lesson that day. Have a plan, and follow it. My problem before was that I always shot from the hip, resulting in a less that perfect product. SO, using the 3D modeling expertise I have from my engineering background, from now on when I build something I vow to come up with a beautiful design first and then provide the most accurate and easy to understand plans so that everyone else can enjoy, not only the result of building a fine piece of furniture, but the journey of how it came to be.
Season 4 judging panel
Popular craftsman from HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Clint Harp, now stars in his own show on DIY Network. Wood Work follows Clint and his team as they create new furniture out of reclaimed wood and build beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces to incorporate into family homes. Clint and his wife Kelly founded their company, Harp Design Co, out of their garage and shortly thereafter moved with their three children to Waco, Texas. Soon after settling in, Clint met HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines and his skills helped him get quickly cast in role of carpenter in the now hugely popular series, Fixer Upper.
Season 3 judging panel:
Season 2 judges HGTV’s Clint Harp, from “Fixer Upper” and “Against the Grain” and The Shanty Sister’s.
Thank you to all who participated in our first ever Season 1 IG Builders Challenge AND to Ana White and David Sheinkopf for being our judges and helping us launch such an amazing opporutnity for all builders of all talents and strengths in the Instagram World.