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2016 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ Judges Announced; Entries Due June 1
The Twelfth Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ is now accepting entries online at www.veneertech.com, and Veneer Technologies announces the 2016 panel that will decide this international design competition highlighting achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products. The judges are Marc Adams, Marc Adams School of Woodworking; Bill Esler, editorial director for the Woodworking Network; and Bob Nurre, national accounts business manager for Roseburg Forest Products… [more]
Grand Prize, Category Winners, Special Judges’ Awards in 11th Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ Woodworking Competition Announced at AWFS® Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV: The grand prize winning entry of the 11th Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ is “Biedermeier Desk” by Joel Liebman, Joel Liebman Furniture, Easthampton, MA. This interpretation of a 19th Century design impressed the judges as exceptional overall, with well-executed matched… [more]
Judges Named for 2015 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™
Design Competition

NEWPORT, NC: The Eleventh Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ is now accepting entries, and Veneer Technologies announces the 2015 panel that will decide this international design competition highlighting achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products. The judges are Mavis Morgan, Timber Products Company; Paul Schurch, Paul Schurch Woodwork; and Gene Wengert, also known as “The Wood Doctor.”… [more]
Veneer Technologies Features Broad Line of Thick Edgebanding
NEWPORT, NC: Veneer Technologies is known for high-tech process manufacturing, and the company’s thick edgebanding line reflects the quality and diversity that have earned Veneer Tech a fine reputation in the wood products industry. This thick edgebanding is ideal for high throughput casegood applications as well as studio projects. Only top grade real wood veneer faces and plies are utilized. Superior grain match and finger joinery, 120 grit surface sanding, and a wide range of stock species and mil sizes–delivered via trademark customer service–make Veneer Tech the
supplier of choice for distributors and… [more]

2014 Craftsman’s Challenge Winners Announced
ATLANTA, GA: The grand prize winning entry of the Tenth Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ is “Transitional Cabinets” by Keith Morgan and Aaron Nash of Bespoke Minneapolis, Larchwood, IA. This couture work features herringbone parquetry on the lower deck and ceiling, curved interior corners, perpendicular veneer door edges flanked by walnut piping, teak micro reeding on both the vertical and horizontal matching of the ziricote exteriors, and Burmese teak interiors. As announced at IWF Atlanta, Bespoke Minneapolis is awarded the $3000 top prize in this design competition recognizing excellence in… [more]
2014 Craftsman’s Challenge Judges Announced
NEWPORT, NC: The Tenth Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ is now accepting entries, and Veneer Technologies Incorporated announces the 2014 panel that will decide this international design competition highlighting achievement in the use of natural wood veneer product. The judges are Tim Fixmer, publisher, CCI Media; Wave Oglesby, vice president sales and marketing, Columbia Forest Products; and Alfred Sharp, studio furniture maker… [more]

2013 Craftsman’s Challenge Winners Announced
LAS VEGAS, NV–An art deco entry table featuring a pau ferro veneer exterior, a quilted maple veneer top bordered with Gabon ebony inlay, and 15 different types of wood veneer for the trompe l’oeil interior is the grand prize winner of the 2013 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ as announced at the AWFS Fair® in Las Vegas. Craig Thibodeau of CT Fine Furniture, San Diego, CA, is awarded $3,000 for his creation that tops this ninth annual design competition recognizing excellence in veneer woodworking… [more]

2013 Craftsman’s Challenge Judges Announced
NEWPORT, NC: The Ninth Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ is now accepting entries, and Veneer Technologies Incorporated announces the 2013 panel who will decide this international design competition highlighting achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products. The judges are Dale Broholm, senior critic in the Department of Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); Tim Fixmer, publisher, CCI Media; and Thomas Tuck, product and distribution manager with… [more]

2012 Craftsman’s Challenge Winners Announced
ATLANTA , GA: The “Boatroom” transformation of a Newport, RI, residence crawlspace into a mahogany masterpiece reminiscent of a classic sailing yacht earned Jutras Woodworking, Greenville, RI, the grand prize and won the Architectural Woodworking category in the eighth annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ recognizing excellence in veneer woodworking. Jutras essentially utilized one log of crotch mahogany in transforming a subterranean area into a nautical dream room designed by… [more]

2012 Craftsman’s Challenge Judges Announced
NEWPORT, NC: Entrants in the eighth annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ will be pleased to learn the names of the three seasoned industry panelists who will judge this international design competition that highlights achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products. The trio for 2012–each with a passion for hands-on woodworking–are Michael Bell, president elect of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and a senior manager with Allegheny Millwork, Lawrence, PA; midwesterner Tim Fixmer, member of the WoodLINKS USA board of directors and publisher of CabinetMaker+FDM; and Woodbury, TN, studio furniture maker Alfred Sharp, current president of The Furniture Society, who concentrates… [more]

2011 Craftsman’s Challenge Winners Announced
LAS VEGAS, NV: Paul Mann Custom Boats’ entry of an 81-foot sportfishing yacht, Georgia Girl, won the Cabinetry category and grand prize in the seventh annual Veneer Tech Craftman’s Challenge™. The Manns Harbor, NC, boat builder receives a total of $4000 in prize winnings. Hand selected plainsliced cherry sheet veneer accented with figured cherry were used for the custom countertops and cabinetry throughout Georgia Girl, an “elegant yet lightweight solution in a marine project where weight is a significant consideration,” commented Bill Esler, board member of WoodLINKS USA and associate publisher… [more]

2011 Craftsman’s Challenge Judges Announced
NEWPORT, NC: The pace is accelerating for the seventh annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™, as the judging panel is announced for this national design competition that highlights achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products. The trio of industry experts serving as judges for 2011 are Robert Lang, author, professional woodworker and executive editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine; Bill Esler, member of the WoodLINKS USA board of directors and associate publisher for Vance Publishing/Wood Interiors Media Group; and Keith Yow, a member of the… [more]

2010 Craftsman’s Challenge Winners Announced
ATLANTA, GA: Stating simply that “veneer is the only possible material I can use to achieve my design goals” for his “Ski Media Cabinets,” Scott Grove of Green Grove Design, Rochester, NY, earned grand prize and took the Cabinetry category in the Sixth Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™, bringing him $5000 including a bonus for early entry. Certainly Wood of East Aurora, NY, distributor for the project, receives a cash award of $2000, and sales representative Greg Engle receives $1000, in recognition of their… [more]

2010 Craftsman’s Challenge Judges Announced
NEWPORT, NC: Three individuals have been selected as judges for the sixth annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™, a national design competition that highlights achievement in the use of natural veneer. They are Robert Lang, executive editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine; Patrick Molzahn, cabinetmaking and millwork program director at Madison Area Technical College and vice-president of the WoodLINKS USA board of directors; and Robert Stout, president-elect of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and… [more]

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