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Veneer Tech announces Craftman’s Challenge winners

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.

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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.

Other category winners of the 2009 Veneer Tech Craftman's Challenge were:

Architectural Woodworking: Fetzer Architectural Woodwork of Salt Lake City for the Alice Tully Hall at The Julliard School in New York, designed by Diller, Scofidio & Renfro.

Cabinetry: Paul and Robin Mann of Paul Mann Custom Boats in Manns Harbor, N.C., for the sportfishing yacht Ann Warrick.

Furniture: John W. Harper of EMC Woodworking in Phoenix for "Office Piece."

Specialty Items: Geoffrey Kaiser and Bruce Grimes of Santa Rosa, Calif., for the grand piano, "Sunset on the Aegean."

Store fixtures: Mark Ramsey of Tahiti Cabinets Inc. in Anaheim, Calif., for "Something Silver."

Student designs: Michael Poorman of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., for the dinner table, "A Poor Man's Legacy."

Special recognition: Chuck Sharbaugh of Sharbaugh Woodwork in Holly, Mich., for a standing cabinet, "Tribute."

The 2010 Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge begins accepting entries Sept. 30.

To view this year's winning pieces, or for information, visit

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