Andrew Prioliâs grand prize winning entry âInverurieâ
is a walnut dining room table featuring curly maple,
cocobolo, maple burl and walnut burl veneers.
Fetzer Architectural Woodworkâs winning entry âAlice Tully
Hall, Julliard School of Musicâ is a redesign of the hall
featuring thin layers of wood veneer placed over lighting
mechanisms, producing a luminescent glow.
LAS VEGAS, NV â Veneer Technology Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality face veneer, sheet veneer and wood edgebanding products, announced the winners of the 2009 Veneer Tech Craftsmanâs 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 âInverurie,â 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 â Fetzer Architectural Woodwork, Salt Lake City, UT, for the Alice Tully Hall at the Julliard School of Music, designed by Diller, Scofidio & Renfro.
Cabinetry â Paul and Robin Mann of Paul Mann Custom Boats, Manns Harbor, NC, for the sportfish yacht, Ann Warrick.
Furniture â John W. Harper of EMC Woodworking, Phoenix, AZ, for âOffice Piece.â
Specialty Items â for the second year in a row, Geoffrey Kaiser aka Tockhwock, and Bruce Grimes, Santa Rosa, CA, for âSunset on the Aegean,â a reproducing grand piano.
Store Fixtures â Mark Ramsey of Tahiti Cabinets Inc., Anaheim, CA, for âSomething Silver.â
Student Designs â Michael Poorman, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, for the dinner table âA Poor Manâs Legacy.â
Also, in recognition of his use of marquetry, Chuck Sharbaugh of Sharbaugh Woodwork, Holly, MI, received a special judgesâ plaque for his furniture entry, a standing cabinet titled âTribute.â
All entries can be viewed on the Veneer Technology Inc.âs Web site at veneertech.com. There also is an archive of 2005-2008 entries.
The Veneer Tech Craftsmanâs Challenge entries for 2010 will be accepted beginning September 30, 2009. The results of next yearâs competition will be announced at the IWF show in Atlanta, GA.
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