Veneer Technologies is accepting entries for its 2011 Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge. The results of next year's competition will be announced at AWFS Las Vegas.

In 2010, Scott Grove of Green Grove Design, Rochester, NY, earned the grand prize and took the Cabinetry category in the Sixth Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge, bringing him $5,000 including a bonus for early entry. Certainly Wood of East Aurora, NY, distributor for the project, received a cash award of $2,000, and sales representative Greg Engle received $1,000, in recognition of their participation in the supply chain. Grove’s “Ski Media” cabinets featured a variety of veneers including amboyna burl, quilted maple, sapele and wenge.

Other category winners in the 2010 competition, receiving $1000, were: Architectural Woodworking, Albert Grant, Albert S. Grant Fine Woodworking and Design, Melrose, CT, for “Bird's Eye Maple Residential Library;” Furniture, Abdolhay Parnian of Parnian Furniture, Scottsdale, AZ, for "Sunset Bed” and also, in Store Fixtures, Abdolhay Parnian for “Parnian Reception Desk;” Specialty Items (also recipient of the judges' award for special artistic merit), Rob Milam of VeneerImages, Atlanta, GA, for "Grace,” a portrait rendered in veneer; and Student Design, Christy Oates, San Diego State University, for “Wallpaper Chair.”

Nine entries earned honorable mention: Mark Bernhard, Bernhard Woodwork, Northbrook, IL, for “Garrard Jewelers” store fixtures; Tom Knoebel, Beach Cabinets, LLC, Melbourne, FL, for “KOA Cabinetry;” student Pattrick Loew, Hastings High School, Hastings, MI, for “Albany Cutter Sleigh;” Malcolm McDowell Tunnicliffe of Art Lights, Torreon Co., Mexico, for specialty item “Cascade of Hanging Orbs;” Earl Kelly of Earl Kelly Furniture, Pensacola, FL, for his “Coco Leaf” table; John Harper, EMC Woodworking, Phoenix, AZ, for “Humidor;” Ramon Valdez, Exotic Woodworks, Bloomfield, NM, for writing desk “Emma;” Chuck Sharbaugh, Holly, MI, for furniture cabinets “Pivots and Rows;” and Scott Grove, Green Grove Design, Rochester, NY, for “Loral.”

Located in Newport, NC, Veneer Technologies is one of the industry's largest manufacturers of high quality face veneer, sheet veneer and wood edgebanding products.

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