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Bespoke wins Craftman’s Challenge

Bespoke of Larchwood, Iowa, won the grand prize in the 13th annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge for the “Regency Circular Office”.

Bespoke won the $3,000 top prize in design competition that recognizes excellence in veneer woodworking.

“The level of execution, complexity of design, and intricate details of this installation impressed the judges with its exceptional sequence matched imbuya burl panels and walnut trim and crown molding,” according to a Veneer Tech statement, made during the Craftsman’s Challenge award ceremony at AWFS.

Category winners were:

Architectural Woodworking — Bernhard Woodwork of Northbrook, Ill.

Cabinetry — Fritz Cabinetry & Furniture of Shakopee, Minn.

Furniture — J. Morgan Woodworking of Park Rapids, Minn.

Marquetry — Silas Kopf Woodworking of Northampton, Mass.

Specialty Items — Joseph Mendel Furniture Maker of Batavia, N.Y.

Student Design — John Kruis/Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pa., and Nancy Bordeleau/École Nationale du Meuble et de l’Ébénisterie de Victoriaville in Bécancour, Quebec.

The 75 entries in this year’s competition can be viewed on the Veneer Tech website at

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