Friday, June 17, 2005

The Bidding Has Begun for the Tsunami Hope Chest

Bidding for Dave Shaw's gorgeous Tsunami Hope Chest has begun on EBay! The proceeds from the auction are going to Mercy Corps.

Here's the updated press release from Tom Iovino:

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2005
Media Contact: Tom Iovino, Publicity Manager
Woodworker's Website Association

Tsunami Hope Chest Goes to Auction

The Woodworker’s Website Association’s (WWA) Tsunami Hope Chest is going to auction, and you don’t want to miss your opportunity to help the victims of last December’s Indian Ocean Tsunami while owning a piece of history.

The exquisite handcrafted chest, built by Dave Shaw of Australian Wood Art ( is now available to bid on at, and will continue through Sunday, June 26 – the six-month anniversary of the tragedy.

All proceeds will be donated to assist the Mercy Corps’ relief fund ( ) efforts in the tsunami-affected areas.

For auction previews and bidding, the chest may be seen at .

WWA members donated nearly $3,000 to purchase exotic woods and supplies. The fine workmanship and creative development of this beautifully crafted piece can be seen in a series of photographs posted on the Internet at .

The WWA, a worldwide association of woodworkers, was established in 1997, and currently has nearly 5,000 registered members. The site features an interactive discussion forum, an expansive tool accident survey, tool reviews, numerous articles written by members and many other useful links to other woodworking sites. The site does not accept advertising from outside corporations, and is funded solely through membership fees. Notable members include the late woodworking author Danny Proulx, John Lucas of and Tom Hinz, Webmaster of For more information on the WWA, visit .

Editor’s Note: Photos available digitally upon request

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