Woodworking Network presents 2019
Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge
Contest highlights the very best work in the use of natural wood veneer products.
Woodworking Network presents the 15th annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge, the premier
competition for craftsmanship in veneer.
Entries are open until June 1.
A prestigious panel of judges will
decide this international design competition highlighting achievement in the use
of natural wood veneer products.
The judges are Scott Grove, artist, designer, woodwork instructor, and author;
William Sampson, a lifelong woodworker
and editor of FDMC magazine; and Rob
Roszell, recently retired from a long
career in marketing and a promoter of the
Craftsman’s Challenge since its inception.
“This competition is respected by
industry associates because it is open to
entries regardless of what company has
supplied the material utilized, and we
reward not only designers/craftspersons
but distributors and sales representa-
tives, too,” said Tim Fixmer, CEO of CCI
Media and Woodworking Network, which
took over ownership of the competition
from Veneer Technologies. “Participants
receive a lot of publicity, and past winners
will tell you the exposure they’ve gained is
valuable for their shops and studios.”
The winners roster over the years
includes prominent companies and
well-known designers, some of whom are
multiple award recipients. “But it is not
the size of the project, or the amount of
material used, or how well known the
entrant,” said Brendan Linehan, who is
coordinating the contest this year. “Judges
really do base decisions on the merit of
The grand prize winning entry of the 12th
Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge
was “Automaton Table” by Craig Thibodeau,
CT Fine Furniture, San Diego, California. It
features pau ferro, maple and maple burl,
and ebony marquetry.
Jamie Herman, a student at the Vermont Woodworking School, won the grand prize in the 14th Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge.