Entries open for 2024 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge
VTCC 2024 winner music box

The winner of the 2023 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge was Dennis Zongker with this Art Deco Style Music Box.

Entries open officially February 12 for the 2024 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge, offering the opportunity for entrants to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes for exemplary woodwork using veneer in a wide variety of categories.

The designer, craftsman, or manufacturer who enters the best work submitted in the view of a panel of expert judges wins a Grand Prize of $1,500.

In addition, there are separate category prizes of $500 each for Architectural, Cabinetry, Furniture, Marquetry, Specialty Products, and Student Work.

It’s easy to enter online to post your entry, including photos. Entry deadline is June 28 for this year’s contest. Winners will be announced at IWF in Atlanta.

In the past, judges have repeatedly mentioned how important quality photographs were to their decision, so entrants should read some photographic advice from Scott Grove (www.woodworkingnetwork.com/community/project-gallery/image-everything-p… ), who is a past multiple winner in the contest and has served several times as a judge.

Dennis Zongker captured the Grand Prize in the 2023 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge with an Art Deco styled music box that wowed the judges with its superlative craftsmanship, thoughtful use of veneer, and tremendous attention to detail.

Besides Zongker’s Grand Prize win, awards were also announced for Architectural Woodworking, Cabinetry, Furniture, Marquetry, Specialty Products, and Student Work. 

Originally created by Veneer Technologies to promote the use of veneer in woodworking, the Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge is now owned and conducted by CCI Media LLC, the parent company of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine. Veneer Tech continues to sponsor the contest. Judges for this year’s contest have yet to be named.

Check out pictures and read about the 2023 winners

Get more information and enter online.

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William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.