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Student wins Craftsman’s Challenge

In a surprising accomplishment that reflects the quality of the next generation's woodworking ability, a high school senior in a WoodLINKS USA program at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, N.C., was awarded the $3,000 grand prize in the 2009 Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge.

Andrew Prioli's grand-prize-winning entry "Inverurie" is a walnut dining room table featuring curly maple, cocobolo, maple burl and walnut burl veneers.

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Awards for the contest were announced July 16 at a presentation held in Las Vegas during the AWFS fair. Andrew 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, 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.

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