Paul Mann Custom Boats said it was named worldwide winner in the cabinetry category in the 12th annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge woodworking competition.
The competition was sponsored by Veneer Tech and co-sponsored by FDMC magazine. The Manns Harbor, N.C., custom yacht builder said the award was given for design and technical woodworking skill exhibited in the figured teak veneer cabinetry in the recently launched Paul Mann 60-foot custom sportfishing yacht Caught Up.
Winners in the six categories of competition (cabinetry, furniture, architectural woodworking, marquetry, specialty items and student design) were announced at the Georgia World Congress Center during an awards reception at the Aug. 24-27 International Woodworking Fair. The yacht builder was awarded a check for $1,000.
“This is a stunning project that reminds us of the practical value of veneer in nautical applications: It conveys the warmth and substance of solid wood, but is light in weight,” Woodworking Network editorial director and contest judge Bill Esler said.
The Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge aims to recognize excellence in woodwork and architectural woodwork that feature natural veneer and wood product applications. Craftsman’s Challenge judges reward those who use veneer products in the best way while achieving a project’s stated goals.
“We are honored to have been recognized for the fifth time in 12 years by the Craftsman’s Challenge for our cabinetry work, and even more excited to have been selected by such elite woodworkers in a very well known and respected competition,” Paul Mann Custom Boats CFO Robin Mann said in a statement.
“We are proud of the product we create, the consistent quality from our team of craftsmen and the designs of Paul Mann. We always strive to fulfill the needs and faithfully express the individuality of each owner of a Paul Mann custom boat.
“The hand-selected figured teak is naturally beautiful and stunning against the interior fabrics and soft goods, yet it conveys a classic nautical atmosphere. Our interiors are high quality, but also light weight in order to achieve the owners’ desire for fast-travel performance to world-class fishing destinations.”