For the past few years, the list of the annual CWB Design Portfolio award winners has been published in the November issue of Custom Woodworking Business magazine. This year, we

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People's Choice Awards!

Deadine for People's Choice vote is Nov. 21, 2011 at midnight.

Now you can vote for the best project in each  category:

  • Architectural Millwork
  • Kitchen/Bath Cabinetry
  • Residential Furniture
  • Specialty Products
  • Commercial Projects
  • Laminate Casework
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are expanding the Design Portfolio program to allow the entire industry to participate, first by entering. And then, by voting in an informal “People’s Choice” poll. In addition to the traditional panel judging of entrants — now managed online — we are inviting the wood industry to vote on entrants at Deadline for People's Choice voting is Nov. 21, 2011.

A December 2011 special publication will be issued, heralding the winners in a freshly designed digital edition, delivered electronically. Included will be details of production techniques, veneers, solid woods and materials and processes used by the winners. This Best of the Best CWB Design Portfolio Digital Edition will also recap other juried woodworking awards from around the industry.

The contest deadline was extended to Nov. 7. Following is preview of a few of the entries submitted by our publishing date.

Dutch Renaissance Armoire
A client who frequently travels to Europe collecting art work and antiques approached the company asking if it could design a piece representing the influence of Spaniards in the Dutch Renaissance period of 1680 for her new home. Langin Designs Inc., CATEGORY: Residential Furniture-Freestanding
Project B:  California West Bow Arm Chair  
This new design series, which includes a bedroom group, sets a new look for the company. It sold in two days at a San Diego show. Using cherry from Tennessee and quarter sawn red oak from the Indiana area, a contemporary rendition of the company’s award wining Bow Arm Chair was designed. The back has a five position adjustment. The construction is all mortise and tenon with contrasting wooden pins in the back support. Murphy’s Fine Woodworking, CATEGORY: Residential Furniture-Freestanding

Music Box, 72-note movement  
The goals for this project were to have the veneer blend on all sides of the music box, have a musical theme throughout and have the veneers flow from the inside of the box to the outside. Sound holes are in the back and bottom of the box for the treble and base. The marquetry for the violins on the outside of the top are made from Flat Cut African mahogany and the inside of the top features Bloodwood for the Violins. A clear coat natural lacquer was used to bring out the natural qualities of the wood. By matching up the front and corners and sides and the back with maple burl veneer, it looks like one piece of veneer all the way around the music box. The black inlays around the trim and top lid and segmented feet are Macassar ebony. Zongkers Custom Woods, CATEGORY: Specialty

Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum
The Southern Ute tribe is located in southwestern Colorado. This center was designed to share the Southern Ute culture with the world. The millwork was primarily constructed of maple and douglas fir, which was complimentary to the Ponderosa pine used for structural elements. There were significant challenges in following the architect’s plans calling for curved wall panels and intricate casework to reinforce the Southern Ute Circle of Life message. OGB successfully executed the project, which has been nominated for national recognition. OGB Architectural Millwork, CATEGORY: Architectal Millwork

Timeless Grace
This kitchen is part of a comprehensive remodel that nearly doubled the size of a 1930’s home in Sioux Falls, SD. A complex room configuration with many recesses and depths made the layout challenging to design. The massive mantel range hood hides spice storage in the legs and provides a functional focal centerpoint to this beaded-inset style kitchen. All-wood construction is highlighted by 3/4-inch hardwood dovetail drawers and Blumotion full-extension glides. The white Sherwin-Williams paint and catalyzed varnish topcoat provide a durable finish. Showplace Wood Products, CATEGORY: Kitchen/Bath

Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Portland       
This Ruth’s Chris Steak House includes a high quality interior complete with the rich appearance of mahogany in quarter sliced and sawn cuts, which bring added interest to that richness. The elaborate quarter sliced sapele staircase railing and ceiling treatments were the most noteworthy woodwork items for this project. Sapele mahogany veneer and trim was used throughout. Custom Source Woodworking, CATEGORY: Architectural Millwork

Project G:  Custom-Made Display Case  
This permanent exhibit installation includes a custom-made display case to house an original authenticated manuscript of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and a custom-made light box exhibit for an exact replica of the Louisiana Window. Both exhibits were hand-crafted using cherry and finished with precatalyzed lacquer and feature elegant columns. Adler Display, CATEGORY: Specialty
Zebrawood Console
This bow front console is 38 inches tall by 36 inches wide by 22 inches deep. Materials used include: zebrawood and ebonized pearwood veneers with walnut solids. The Century Guild Ltd., CATEGORY: Residential Furniture-Freestanding

Project I:  Grand Radius Stair, and Monumental Yacht Interior  
Zepsa’s work on  Cakewalk included the majority of the premium architectural woodwork encompassing the 40+ rooms of this iconic 286-foot private yacht: The work includes paneled rooms and gallery halls, radiused cabinetry and custom furniture, paneled arched ceilings, custom wood doors and trim, and the 4-story grand radius staircase and round paneled central tower of this mega yacht. Thanks to Derektor Shipyards and to the design team of Tim Haywood and Liz Dalton. Zepsa Industries, CATEGORY: Architectural Woodwork

Lotus-Base Table
This mahogany table with its 34-inch height by 56-inch diameter has satinwood and ebony inlay, lacquer finish, bent lamination, mortise-and-tenon construction and satinwood and ebony tips on its feet. Inlay design by Asher Parris. Studio of Michael P. McDunn Inc., CATEGORY: Residential Furniture-Freestanding

Ultimate Bungalow Dining Table
This eucalyptus dining table was inspired by the work of Charles and Henry Greene and designed and built by Randy Torode. The Torode Co., CATEGORY: Residential Furniture-Free-Standing

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