Andrew Prioli’s grand prize winning entry “Inverurie”
 is a walnut dining room table featuring curly maple,
 cocobolo, maple burl and walnut burl veneers.
 Fetzer Architectural Woodwork’s winning entry “Alice Tully
 Hall, Julliard School of Music” is a redesign of the hall
 featuring thin layers of wood veneer placed over lighting
 mechanisms, producing a luminescent glow.

LAS VEGAS, NV — Veneer Technology Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality face veneer, sheet veneer and wood edgebanding products, announced the winners of the 2009 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge.

The $3,000 Grand Prize went to Andrew Prioli, a graduating high school senior in a WoodLINKS program at Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, NC. Prioli earned the top honor for “Inverurie,” a walnut dining room table with inlays of curly maple, cocobolo, maple burl and walnut burl veneers depicting three stallions and Celtic knots. Certainly Wood, the distributor for the project, received a cash award of $2,000, and salesman Jim Carroll received $1,000, in recognition of their participation in the supply chain.

Other competition category winners, each receiving $1,000, were:

Architectural Woodworking — Fetzer Architectural Woodwork, Salt Lake City, UT, for the Alice Tully Hall at the Julliard School of Music, designed by Diller, Scofidio & Renfro.

Cabinetry — Paul and Robin Mann of Paul Mann Custom Boats, Manns Harbor, NC, for the sportfish yacht, Ann Warrick.

Furniture — John W. Harper of EMC Woodworking, Phoenix, AZ, for “Office Piece.”

Specialty Items — for the second year in a row, Geoffrey Kaiser aka Tockhwock, and Bruce Grimes, Santa Rosa, CA, for “Sunset on the Aegean,” a reproducing grand piano.

Store Fixtures — Mark Ramsey of Tahiti Cabinets Inc., Anaheim, CA, for “Something Silver.”

Student Designs — Michael Poorman, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, for the dinner table “A Poor Man’s Legacy.”

Also, in recognition of his use of marquetry, Chuck Sharbaugh of Sharbaugh Woodwork, Holly, MI, received a special judges’ plaque for his furniture entry, a standing cabinet titled “Tribute.”

All entries can be viewed on the Veneer Technology Inc.’s Web site at There also is an archive of 2005-2008 entries.

The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge entries for 2010 will be accepted beginning September 30, 2009. The results of next year’s competition will be announced at the IWF show in Atlanta, GA.

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