I think the whole thing was a cool idea. There is always going to speculation and second guesses over any competition based on skill etc.
Where do you draw the line on bought blanks ...... I think laser cut kits should not be in it. Maybe it could have been 3 categories, natural blank, cast blank, segmented blank and vote for top 3 in each category.
Hopefully if he does it again I get one of mine in there.