A "lucky" 13 companies are being recognized for excellence in this year's Design Portfolio Awards competition, sponsored by CWB magazine. The winners are in each of five categories, plus eight recipients of Honorable Mention awards.

The top five winners in their respective categories are:

  • Kitchen Cabinets: W.T. Black Builders Inc., Williamsport, PA (also the competition's overall winner)
  • Residential Furniture: Kinloch Woodworking Ltd., Unionville, PA
  • Specialty Products: CF Cabinetry, Denver, CO
  • Architectural: John Wonderly Architectural Woodworking, Springboro, OH
  • Commercial/Institutional: Mill-Rite Woodworking Co., Pinellas Park, FL.

Mill-Rite Woodworking had the distinction of technically winning twice in its category, since two projects it submitted as separate entries tied for first place. W.T. Black received the highest total score in the competition and also was named "overall winner."

"Judgment Day" for the 1996(7) CWB Design Portfolio Awards -- A behind-the-scenes look at the judging process, by CWB Editor-in-Chief Helen Kuhl.

The five winning projects are featured with more photos in the December issue of CWB. The winners also will be featured at the National Custom Woodworking Exposition in the Chicago area in March and at the Anaheim Woodworking Fair in Anaheim, CA, in August.

The eight companies selected to receive Honorable Mention awards are:

  • Architectural: F.L. Feldman Associates Inc., Asbury Park, NJ
  • Residential Furniture: ARTWORKS, Savannah, GA
  • Commercial/Institutional: MFL Design & Cabinetry Fabrications Inc., Benton Harbor, MI
  • Residential Furniture: Kron Inc., Astoria, NY
  • Architectural: Swartzendruber Hardwood Creations, Goshen, IN
  • Architectural: Trend Millwork Inc., Lincoln Park, MI
  • Kitchen Cabinets: Kreg's Kitchens, Verona, NJ
  • Residential Furniture: Bragg Contract Furniture, Atlanta, GA

The December issue of CWB features photographs and descriptions of the projects that received honorable mentions.

CWB congratulates all winners on their achievements. Their work can serve as a standard of excellence and example of the impressive talent that exists in the custom woodworking industry.

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