Schurch takes top honors in veneer tech design competition.[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
LAS VEGAS Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. -- A service buffet featuring Swiss pearwood, walnut burl and tulipwood veneers, accented with a ribbon of Nigerian satinwood satinwood, name for a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). , was chosen as the top entry in the third annual Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge competition, announced during the AWFS AWFS Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers Vegas VEGAS Vocational and Educational Guidance for Aboriginals Scheme (Australia) Fair.
Paul Schurch of Schurch Woodwork, Santa Barbara, CA, was awarded the $5,000 grand prize for excellence in woodwork featuring natural veneer and wood products application, plus an additional $1,000 for early contest entry.
The Craftsman's Challenge also rewards the industry distribution process and encourages woodwork education. Certainly Wood of East Aurora, NY, distributor to Schurch Woodwork, received a cash award of $3,000; Greg Engle, distributor salesman, received $2,000; and Jake Grieve of David Douglas High School David Douglas High School (DDHS) is a public high school hosting students between 9th and 12th grades. David Douglas is located in Portland, Oregon. The school is named after 19th-century Scottish botanist David Douglas, discoverer and namesake of such prolific Northwestern in Portland, OR, a WoodLINKS USA participating school, received a $1,000 scholarship check for his student entry, an Art Deco cabinet.
This year's contest drew 274 entries in six categories. In addition to the six category winners, the judges selected 34 entrants for honorable mention.
All entries can be viewed on Veneer Tech's Web site: www.veneertech.com.