Paul Mann Custom Boats Named Top Cabinetry Category Winner in Prestigious 2016 Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ Woodworking Competition
ATLANTA, GA: Paul Mann Custom Boats of Manns Harbor, NC, was named worldwide winner of the Cabinetry category in the Twelfth Annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ woodworking competition, the woodworking industry’s most prestigious and coveted awards for natural veneer craftsmanship. The competition was sponsored by Veneer Tech and co-sponsored by FDMC magazine. The award was given for the design and technical woodworking skill exhibited in the figured teak veneer cabinetry throughout 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 2016 International Woodworking Fair. The custom yacht builder was awarded a check for $1000, and CAUGHT UP will be recognized nationwide in print and electronic publications thr
oughout the boating and woodworking industries, as well as in local and regional media outlets.
Judges for the competition were woodworking specialists including world renown educator and craftsman Marc Adams of the Marc Adams School of Woodworking; Bill Esler, editorial director for Woodworking Network; and Bob Nurre, national accounts business manager for Roseburg Forest Products. Esler ommented, “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.”
The Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge™ competition 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 the project’s stated goals.
Robin Mann of Paul Mann Custom Boats said, “We are honored to have been recognized for the fifth time in twelve 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. 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.”
Mann continued, “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 lightweight in order to achieve the owners’ desire for fast-travel performance to world-class fishing destinations.”
Paul Mann Custom Boats combines the heritage of true, traditional Carolina design with modern building techniques and materials technology. The style of Mann’s boats has evolved from the basic design tenets Paul Mann learned as he Paul Mann has been building sportfishing yachts all his adult life
and founded his own company in 1988.