Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge Winners

Winners in the seventh annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge have been announced. This is the second time around for me to serve as a judge in this contest, and it was a challenge for me and the other judges to settle on the best among a diverse group of outstanding entries. Here’s a link to previous posts, and a look at the Grand Prize winner and Cabinetry category winner, the interior of an 81-foot sport fishing boat made by Paul Mann Custom Boats of Manns Harbor, N.C. The matched cherry veneers wrap around almost all of the interior surfaces.

In the Furniture category, first prize was awarded to Craig Thibodeau, of San Diego, Calif.

for this Dogwood Cabinet

and here is a detail of the inlay work on the doors and drawers

In the Specialty Items category we decided to award first prize to two entrants. Rob Milam of Atlanta, Ga., won last year for a marquetry portrait, and a new work in this style again earned him top honors.

Paul Schurch, of Santa Barbara, Calif., also was declared a co-winner in this category for his creative use of veneer.

I don’t have space to show you all the winners and honorable mentions, but if you want to kill an hour or two viewing the best work in veneer, including the winner of the Student Category, Christian Siefert of the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, Calif., and the winner of the Architectural category, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork of Salt Lake City, Utah, head over to the Veneer Tech website for more images.

 

–Robert W. Lang

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