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Winners named in ’08 Veneer Tech contest

Gregg Novosad of Divine Design in Palatine, Ill., won the top prize in the fourth annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge, a contest sponsored by Veneer Technologies for best use of natural veneer.

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Novosad won $5,000, while his veneer distributor, Certainly Wood of East Aurora, N.Y., won $3,000, and salesman Jim Carroll received $2,000, in recognition of their participation in the supply chain.

Novosad’s winning table “Clicker Control” contrasted the old and the new by placing a whimsical storyline on top of a classic egg-and-dart pattern.

Pete Michelinie, of the North Bennet Street School in Boston, won a $1,000 scholarship in the Student category for his corner cabinet. Michelinie’s design was inspired by French furniture. The “Louie Cube” pattern on the front of the cabinet is commonly found on pieces from the Louis XIV and XV eras.

The competition was judged by Marc Adams, director of Marc Adams School of Woodworking; Will Sampson, editor in chief of CabinetMaker magazine; and Richard Ungerbuehler Sr., president of Federal Millwork Corp. and current president of the Architectural Woodwork Institute.

All entries can be viewed on the Veneer Tech Web site at

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