2013 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge Woodworking Competition Winners Announced

Published on : Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Veneer TechCraig Thibodeau of CT Fine Furniture, San Diego, CA, is awarded $3,000 at 2013 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge Woodworking Competition for his creation that tops this ninth annual design competition recognizing excellence in veneer woodworking . They win 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 as announced at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas.


Herzog Veneer is the materials supplier for the project and receives $2000. Sales representative Julienne Barata receives $1000 in recognition of her participation in the supply chain. Sam Parisette-Herzog commented, “We greatly appreciate the folks at Veneer Tech for their sponsorship…of the Challenge. They have consistently supported the creators, the suppliers and the salespeople in the veneer industries for what is a love of a fine natural material. When it comes to beautiful wood and beautiful workmanship, they have continually led the way.”


The category winners in this year’s competition, each receiving $1000, are: Architectural Woodworking, Savante Wine Cellars, Denver, CO, for “Promenade Wine Room;” Cabinetry, Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Beaufort, NC, for sportfish “Custom 77′ Blank Check;” Furniture, Studio of Michael P. McDunn, Greenville, SC, for table “Illusion Series No. 3;” Specialty Items, Colin Smith, Long Beach, CA, for display case “Memories of Russia;” and Student Design, Matthew Stoltz, College of the Redwoods, San Francisco, CA, for his table “Widowink.”


The judges awarded special honorable mention to Chuck Sharbaugh, Holly, MI, for his cabinet on a stand, “UP.” An additional eleven entries merited honorable mention: Architectural Woodworking, Tahiti Cabinets, Inc., Anaheim, CA, for “Whittier Law;” Cabinetry, Don Rizzie, Jersey Shore Originals, Farmingdale, NJ, for “Beverage Credenza,” and Douglas Harris, Lake Country Woodworkers, Middlesex, NY, for “Floral Kitchen Island;” Furniture, Anthony Balzer, Sooke, British Columbia, for “Satinwood Desk,” Scott Grove, Green Grove Design, Rochester, NY, for “Relationship,” and Craig Thibodeau, CT Fine Furniture, San Diego, CA, for “Art Deco Club Chairs;” Specialty Items, Steve Bartholomew Studio, Cedar City, UT, for “Day Break Pedestal,” Rob Milam, Veneer Images, Sandy Springs, GA, for “Charlie,” and Don Rizzie, Jersey Shore Originals, Farmingdale, NJ, for “Tackle/Fly Box;” and Student Design, Justin Inkson, Okanagan College, Ituna, Saskatchewan, for “Lewis Table,” and Nucharin Wangphongsawasd, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, for “FLEX: Room Divider.”

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