ATLANTA - The eighth annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge has announced the winners for this year’s competition.

Jutras Woodworking won the grand prize and the award in the Architectural Woodworking category with the “Boatroom.” The Newport, RI company transformed a residence crawlspace into a mahogany masterpiece reminiscent of a classic sailing yacht by utilizing one log of crotch mahogany.

The company receives a total of $5000 in prize winnings, including the early entry $1000 bonus, as announced at IWF Atlanta. Indiana Architectural Plywood was the supplier of the veneer for the project and receives $2000.

Impartial third-party experts from the fields of woodworking media, furniture making and architectural woodworking judge the Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge.

Veneer Technologies’ John Varner reiterates that a key purpose of the Craftsman’s Challenge is to recognize all the people in the veneer distribution chain as well as the craftsmen. “We really consider this as woodworking’s best opportunity to promote industry creativity and to strengthen supply relationships.”

The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge entries for 2013 will be accepted beginning later this year. Next year’s competition results will be announced at AWFS® Las Vegas.

All entries can be viewed on Veneer Technologies’ website at www.veneertech.com. There also is an archive of 2005-2011 entries.

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