Easel Power Hour Challenge Winners

We are excited to announce our Easel Power Hour Challenge winners!

We invited all X-Carve fans to enter an Easel design that could be carved in under 60 minutes.
Each of our maker judges chose one winner from their entries and then collectively voted on an overall winner. Our judges were so impressed with all your designs and amazed by your creative uses of Easel!

Grand Prize X-Carve Winner:
João Leão's Desk Organizer

Maker Cristiana Felgueiras from Get Hands Dirty explains,

“The overall presentation of [João Leão’s] project was very good, the images are clear and captivating, the
explanation of the building process is clear and complete, the Easel project seems feasible, the
design is balanced, contemporary and minimal and the material choice seems appropriate and easy
to carve. It doesn't require more tools besides a forstner bit and a drill/drill press for a final touch and a
piece of steel dowel that is bent. This project has some complexity and requires double sided carving, which
I found valuable, revealing a good thinking process. The content is functional and made with parts that can
be stacked and layered in several positions, adjusting to each one's needs, making it dynamic. The participant
reveals a sense of knowledge regarding design and CNC carving.”

Individual Winners ($100 Inventables promotional gift cards):
Jan Buck's Shade Lamp
Thomas Reith's Baby Mobile
Christopher Cruz's Rubber Band Shooter
Robyn Gonzales's Speaker Box
Myron Kinnunen's Push Stick Flappy Chicken
Garrett Leckliter's Dual Cities End Table
Martin Gertsen's Amazon Echo Dot Case
Julio Reyes's X-Carve Whiskey Holder
Antonio Hernandez Menchaca's Phone Alarm Clock
Congratulations! We can’t believe these can all be carved in under 60 minutes! Thank you again to all who entered
and check out all the #EaselPowerHour entries on our project pages.

X-Carve Business Bundle Contest: Winners Announced!

The moment has finally arrived! After watching all the entries and holding a companywide vote, we are excited to announce the winners of our X-Carve Business Bundle Contest. 

As a quick review, the contest was split into two categories: business owners who do not own an X-Carve and business owners who currently own an X-Carve. Entrants were required to share their business or business idea in a 2-minute video. The video should convey the impact that adding an X-Carve would have on helping their business grow.

The winner of each category receives a fully-loaded X-Carve and an annual membership to our business-focused Easel Pro software.

Choosing one winner in each category was not easy: nearly 70 businesses submitted entries! The Inventables Team evaluated the videos and determined the following winners:

Non-Machine Business Owner: Chris of Herb’s Furniture 

From Chris' website: "I started this concept in 2013 when I created my first piece of furniture that I needed to ship out of state. The quote was extremely high, so I decided to go back and rework the design. A few minor adjustments and the piece was packed flat, which reduced the shipping costs by 500%. I immediately saw how this price difference was affecting prices of handmade goods and the barriers local craftsmen created for themselves vs the large retailers. I decided to make it my mission to create handmade flat packed furniture that competes with large retailers both price and design quality.

I have an engineering mind with a Finance degree; which means I focus on the fine details of the design and bring that to you for the lowest possible cost. Located in the former Crown Cork and Seal Factory in Baltimore, MD, I have a small batch manufacturing facility where I produce all of the furniture."

Current X-Carve Owner: Courtney and Jessica of Creative Wood-N-Things

From Courtney and Jessica's Etsy page"Courtney and Jessica are two sisters who love woodworking. We have teamed up in this new business adventure together to offer more diverse products to all of our amazing clients. Courtney lives in Wyoming and is a mom to 2 amazing girls. She started building things with wood in 2015 and moved into making signs. Jessica lives in Idaho and is a mom of 2 kids and has had a photography business for the past 8 years. She also loves crafting and making signs and decor pieces for her home and is now ready to share what she makes with others.

Everything we make is unique, designed, and handmade by us in our garages. Every sign made is a little different than the next so no two things are alike. We are open to custom orders so if you have any ideas just send us a message."

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who entered the contest. As a company, we are honored by the number of people who took the time and effort to share their story with us. Many of the entries opened our eyes to ways X-Carve and Easel could be used that we never before considered.

P.S. - If you haven't already, make sure to check out the video entries from non-machine business owners and current X-Carve business owners to see what kinds of awesome business ideas people have for X-Carve!

A new guitar made on an X-Carve by Slickhead Guitars

We are seeing an increasing number of people that are making guitars on X-Carve.  I recently learned there is a whole profession and these folks are called luthiers.  A luthier is someone who builds or repairs string instruments generally consisting of a neck and a sound box.

I'd like to thank @PatrickRogers of [Slickhead guitars](https://www.facebook.com/slickheadguitars/) for making a guitar for the Inventables office.  One of the strings broke in transit and one of our resident guitar players is getting a pack ordered and repaired.  I am really excited to share photos because Kyle our office manager got it hung up.

The detail on the body is pretty awesome.

He extended it to the neck of the guitar as well.