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CMA picks Wood Diamond winners

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The Cabinet Maker’s Association announced the winners of its 2021 Wood Diamond Awards, recognizing excellence in the industry, during a membership reception at the AWFS in Las Vegas in July.

CMA’s executive director Amanda Conger observed that the entries in this year’s contest reflected the impact of Covid-19 on the industry with more projects submitted on the residential side, especially home offices and entertainment areas such as bars and home theaters. She also noted that there were many new members participating in the 2021 program, which reflects the growth the association has had over the past year.

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“The CMA experienced surprising growth during the pandemic, which stemmed from the need to connect with others more than ever before,” says Conger.

The “Best Of, Best Overall” project was awarded to Fedewa Custom Works in Steamboat, Colo. for its entry in the category of “Residential: Kitchen, Frameless over $50,000” featuring horizontal grain matched sapele cabinetry and a unique curved island.

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“I consider myself very fortunate to have the awesome team that I have and I couldn’t do what we do without them. They deserve the lion’s share of credit,” said owner Kevin Fedewa in his acceptance speech.

Specifically, he thanked Tim Stone of KSA (Kelly Stone Associates) who was the architect and had a hand in the entire project; Angie Robinson, the lead designer who did all the drawings and was the main link between the shop and clients; and Leif Lowe, the main craftsman and shop manager throughout the project.

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The award winners were chosen by their peers in the organization. First‐place winners receive a customized wood diamond-shaped plaque. 

This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue.

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