by William Sampson
Craftsman’s Challenge winners show their skills
Dazzling veneer work captures top prizes in 2019 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge.
Whether it was furniture, cabinets, architectural woodwork, marquetry, special products or student work, more than 120 entries showed
spectacular veneer work in the 2019
Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge.
Competition was particularly tight in
the furniture category, and it was from
that category that the eventual grand
prize winner came. Kirk Coryn of Kirk
Kreations captured that prize with an
Art Nouveau-style bed that featured incredible detail in veneer marquetry and
elegant design. Called “Life and Death
in the Garden,” the bed featured a variety of veneers and techniques to depict
flowers, a butterfly, and a spider (done in
stone) with web.
“This project includes 12/4 solid
African sapele for the framework and
trims around the platform. The spider
was cut from single chiqua jasper slab.
The spider web was made from 22 gauge
square sterling silver wire,” said Coryn.
“The main background veneer used is
by far my favorite, pomelle imbuya. The
border is zebrawood with a 3/32 wide
maple fillet. The center crest is amboyna
burl. The butterfly is died black and
orange veneer with white holly dots. The
flowers were made using natural colored
maple, holly, and sycamore veneers. The
stems are sapele veneer. Leaves are two
different colors of dyed green veneer.”
For grand prize, Coryn won $3,000,
but that wasn’t the only prize for his
stunning work. Since the primary goal of
Kirk Coryn of Kirk Kreations captured the grand prize with an Art Nouveau-style bed that
featured incredible detail in veneer marquetry and elegant design.
First prize went to Andrew Dillon of HW Woodwork for a sweeping curved reception security
desk in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange complex.