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Show Us Your Woodpile Contest Winners
Many, many thanks to all who submitted entries for our first annual (we think) "Show Us Your Woodpile" photo contest. We had entries from 23 states and all corners of the country, including Washington, California and Florida. It was fun to sift through so many great entries; it was also truly painful to narrow them down to a handful of winners. And to pick a single Big Prize winner? Next to impossible. But we did it. And we chose more runners-up than we had intended, because of the quality of submissions, and because we are such suckers and softies.

We hope you enjoy the images. There are more to come, too. We're just not sure if they'll appear here, or on the blog. Stay tuned...

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Grand Prize Winner

Steve and Michelle Veayo, Winthrop, Maine
Steve and Michelle Veayo, Winthrop, Maine


Runners-Up

Hilary Clark, Islesboro, Maine
Hilary Clark, Islesboro, Maine
Robyn Langhurst, Dresden, Maine
Robyn Langhurst, Dresden, Maine
Kevin Kollman, East Rochester, Indiana
Kevin Kollman, East Rochester, Indiana
Robert Van Rankin, Brunswick, Maine
Robert Van Rankin, Brunswick, Maine
Sean Crea, Bellevue, Idaho
Sean Crea, Bellevue, Idaho
(Set of 3)
Bruce and Mora LePage, Lewiston, Maine
Bruce and Mora LePage, Lewiston, Maine



WoodpileFilling the oil tank in our basement doesn't provide us much satisfaction. The delivery guy pulls up the driveway, attaches a big hose to a spigot outside of the house, and ten minutes and twelve hundred dollars later, we're good to go.

On the other hand, after we split and stack a few cords of wood, we're full of endorphins and good cheer. Firewood warms you twice, as Thoreau once noted. And there are other nifty things about it, aside from the free exercise. It can be fun to split (we're not talking about hacking away at the knotty stuff, but working with clear-grained red oak and ash that practically parts itself). It's cheap. It smells good. It provides a home for critters.

And above all, it's handsome. An oil tank isn't much to look at. But a woodpile? Even a ramshackle, novice effort exhibits a certain lopsided, geometric charm. And as for wood well-stacked and seasoned, well, we've seen some piles here in Maine that deserve to be installed in the MOMA.

With that and the price of home heating oil sitting at around $4.60 a gallon we at Matt's Wood Roasted Organic Coffee bring you our inaugural "Show Us Your Woodpile" photo contest. Send us a photograph of the wood that you'll be burning during the following winter or two, and if we deem it to be the best one submitted, we'll send you an Aerobie Aeropress or a Bodum coffee grinder (your choice), along with three bags of coffee per month for a year. There'll be coffee prizes for second and third place, too.

Photos will be judged on any number of things: image composition and creativity, the skill and industriousness of the stacker, our own whim and state of indigestion, and the like.

Contest Rules and Details:
  • The woodpile must be the product of your own labor. You don't have to have cut or even split the wood yourself, but you have to have played a significant role in stacking it.
  • The picture must have been taken sometime in the last couple of years or so. If you've got a great picture of an obese raccoon sitting on last year's woodpile, by all means, send it in.
  • Touched up and photoshopped images are welcome. Have fun.
  • Some selected images, including the winners, will be posted on www.mattscoffee.com and/or Matt's blog. By submitting an entry, you agree to allow us to do so. We won't do anything else with a photo without your permission.
  • Send images to woodpile@mattscoffee.com (Please state 'photo contest' in the subject heading, and send images in .jpg format), or by mail to: Show Us Your Woodpile, Matt's Coffee, PO Box 110, Pownal, ME 04069.
  • Limit one e-mailed entry per person. (If you want to send multiple entries, you can do so as hardcopies to the address above.)
  • Deadline for submissions is midnight on December 15, 2009.
  • Contest open to residents of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii (?!).
  • Our decision, no matter how dubious, is final.

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