LAS VEGAS- CT Fine Furniture is the grand prize winner of the 2013 Veneer Tech Craftstman's Challenge, a design competition that recognizes excellence in veneer woodworking. Because of the decision, CT Fine Furniture's Craig Thibodeau gets to take home $3000 in prize money. At last year's competition, CT Fine Furniture only received an honorable mention.

The winning piece is the company's art deco entry table featuring a pau ferro veneer exterior, a quilted maple veneer top bordered with Gabon ebony inlay, and 15 different types of wood veneer for the trompe l’oeil interior.

The category winners in this year’s competition, each receiving $1000, are: Architectural Woodworking, Savante Wine Cellars, Denver, CO, for “Promenade Wine Room;” Cabinetry, Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Beaufort, NC, for sportfish “Custom 77' Blank Check;” Furniture, Studio of Michael P. McDunn, Greenville, SC, for table “Illusion Series No. 3;” Specialty Items, Colin Smith, Long Beach, CA, for display case “Memories of Russia;” and Student Design, Matthew Stoltz, College of the Redwoods, San Francisco, CA, for his table “Widowink.”

Experts from the fields of woodworking media, furniture making/manufacturing and woodworking education formed the panel of judges for the 2013 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge. Judges’ decisions are in large part based on the quality of execution, and how well a company used its materials. 

The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge entries for 2014 will be accepted beginning the first of January. Next year’s competition results will be announced at IWF in Atlanta.

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