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Judges, deadline set for veneer competition

Judges were announced for the eighth annual Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge, an international design competition that highlights achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products.

The judges are Michael Bell, president elect of the Architectural Woodwork Institute and a senior manager with Allegheny Millwork in Lawrence, Pa.; Tim Fixmer, member of the WoodLINKS USA board of directors and publisher of CabinetMaker+FDM; and Alfred Sharp, a studio furniture maker in Woodbury, Tenn., and president of The Furniture Society.

The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge rewards excellence in the use of veneer and wood products through cash awards and other recognition for the entire supply chain including craftsmen, distributors and distributor sales representatives, and also for student designers. The competition is co-sponsored this year by CabinetMaker+FDM.

The entry deadline is June 1. Competition categories include architectural woodworking, cabinetry, furniture, specialty products, store fixtures, and student design. Entry materials are available online through and from Veneer Technologies sales representatives and distributors.

A cash award of $3,000 will be made to the creator of the grand-prize-winning entry. The distributor of the veneer for the grand-prize-winning entry will receive $2,000 and the corresponding distributor salesman will receive $1,000. Category winners receive $1,000 each. There is also an additional $1,000 award to the grand-prize winner for early entry by March 31. Awards will be announced Aug. 22-25 at IWF in Atlanta.

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