ROCKPORT – “Maine Wood 2012” will open with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. This is the third juried “Maine Wood” biennial hosted by the center to showcase the breadth, creativity and excellence of wood craftsmanship in Maine.

“The number and quality of submissions were off the scale this year,” said Peter Korn, the center’s executive director. “I only regret that we have exhibition space for just 21 pieces out of the 113 entries. The excellence of the work is a powerful confirmation of the vitality of woodworking in Maine.”

“Maine Wood 2012” showcases original work by Maine studio furniture makers, turners, carvers and sculptors that exhibits excellence in craftsmanship and design, uses wood as the primary material, and was made within the past five years.

The show is up through April 6. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is on Route 90 and Mill Street.