Entrants in this yearâs Design Portfolio Awards competition have once again impressed the judges with their complex designs and expert craftsmanship. Top Honors went to seven companies and 17 companies were awarded Honorable Mention.
Bannerâs Cabinets Inc., Newland, NC, for âGlassy Kitchenâ
Specialty Products: Merlino LLC, Elk Grove Village, IL, for â52nd Street Project - Wine Roomâ CWB congratulates all the winners for their originality in design and excellence in craftsmanship. Full coverage is on the following pages of this special section.
Thanks to our judges! CWB expresses its deep gratitude to this yearâs judges, who spent their spare time reviewing the 60 entries submitted online to the 2011 Design Portfolio. We congratulate and thank them for their hard work and thoughtful consideration of all the entries. This yearâs panel included:
â¢ Tom Gleason, the founder of Gleason Woodwork in Chicago. The firm specializes in ultra high-end custom cabinets and architectural millwork. He is a past Woodwork Institute (AWI) and active in AWI at the national level. Gleason also is an active supporter of the Fabretto.
â¢ Rob Kleeman has been a full-time woodworker since 1975, beginning as an apprentice in a violin shop, reproductions in 1986. He is currently employed at Payne Street Imports in Skokie, IL.
â¢ Chip Yawney discovered his passion for woodworking while renovating a historic building he owned with several partners. He founded A Cut Above LLC, Jessup, MD, in February of 2006.