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Judges Announced for 2018 Veneer Tech Craftsman‘s Challenge™ Design Competition; First-Time Entrants Eligible for Special Award

The Fourteenth Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ is now accepting entries, and Veneer Technologies announces the 2018 panel that will decide this international design competition highlighting achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products. The judges are Michaelle Bradford, editor with the Woodworking Network brand; Scott Grove, artist, designer, woodwork instructor, and author of Advanced Veneering and Alternative Techniques; and Thomas Brooks, global commodity manager at Masonite International.

“Our 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 representatives, too,” explains Veneer Tech’s Alan Hubbard, face veneer sales manager. “Participants receive a lot of publicity, and past winners will tell you the exposure they’ve gained is valuable for their shops and studios.”

Hubbard acknowledges that 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,” he points out. “Judges really do base decisions on the merit of the work, and how well stated goals have been achieved. To encourage participation this year, anyone who has not previously entered our competition will be eligible for a special judges’ New Entrant award of $1000. This may be in addition to any category award a new entrant may receive.”

Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge entries are accepted through June 1, 2018. Competition categories include Architectural Woodworking, Cabinetry, Furniture, Marquetry, Specialty Products, and Student Design. Entry is available online through There is no entry fee. Material does not need to have been sourced through Veneer Tech to be eligible.

A cash award of $3000 will be made to the creator of the grand prize-winning entry. The distributor of the veneer for the grand prize-winning entry will receive $2000, and the corresponding distributor salesperson will receive $1000. Category winning entries receive $1000 each. There is also an additional $1000 award to the grand prize winner for early entry by March 31, 2018. Awards will be announced at IWF Atlanta on August 23, 2018.

Veneer Technologies, an AWI Supplier Member since 1997, is a Level 3 AWI Sponsor.  [Return to top]