PureBond Quality Awards
The PureBond Quality Awards is an annual contest open to any member of Columbia Forest Product’s, PureBond Fabricator Network. “The PureBond Quality Awards is a way for Columbia Forest Products to recognize the world-class work being produced by our PureBond Fabricator Network members,” said Director of Marketing Todd Vogelsinger. “We created a partnership of craftsmen who build quality custom woodwork for residential and commercial clients using our flagship PureBond brand of hardwood plywood. For the past several years, we’ve admired their work so much, that we thought a competition would be a great way to spotlight their accomplishments.”
Participants may provide an entry for each of the four categories:
- Kitchen – Residential
- Bath – Residential
- Residential Other (Furniture, fixture, etc.)
- Commercial (any application)
Columbia will award prizes to the top three participants in each category:
- 1st Place : $1,000
- 2nd Place : $500
- 3rd Place : $200
Winners will also be featured on our websites for a year and be promoted through our press releases and social media outlets. In addition, all winners will receive a certificate and a PureBond Quality Award Winner badge to place on their website and social media platforms.
To participate, each PFN must submit the following:
- A paragraph about your shop and history.
- A paragraph about the job submitted, date of installation and the PureBond product.
- A paragraph about how PureBond plywood met the needs of the client (No VOC’s, made in America, all wood construction).
- A minimum of 2 – maximum of six – pictures of the job submitted (high-quality, hi-res digital images of at least 1,600 x 1,200 pixels in JPG, PNG, TIF, or EPS format).
- Online or Word Doc entry forms are available to the left.
Limited to one submission per category.
Entrants must be a member of the PureBond Fabricator Network.
Contest open from January 1 to May 31, 2015.
Our Judges for 2015
Rich Christianson is the principal of Richson Media, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his 30-year career Rich toured more than 200 woodworking plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia and wrote extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends.
C.T. “Kip” Howlett Jr. is the President of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association (HPVA) in Reston, Virginia. HPVA represents the North American manufacturers of hardwood plywood, veneer, and engineered flooring and their value chain including suppliers, distributors, and fabricators. HPVA develops national consensus standards for the industry, provides laboratory testing and certification services, promotes the products of its members, and represents the industry in public policy venues.
Mr. Howlett was a Vice President of the American Chemistry Council and Executive Director of its Chlorine Chemistry Council for 11 years. Previous to that responsibility, he was with Georgia‐Pacific for over 19 years holding a variety of positions including Vice President of Environment and Government Affairs. He is a lawyer with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, OR and a BA degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD.
He resides in McLean VA with his 11 year old son and has 3 adult children.
Currently the editor of FDMC, William Sampson has a lengthy history in publishing, woodworking, and business. After spending some 20 years as a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor, he was tapped to take over as editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in 1992. Two years later Sampson founded WoodshopBusiness magazine. Targeted specifically at small shop professional woodworkers, the publication offered pragmatic information to help small shops thrive. In 1998, Sampson merged WoodshopBusiness in with CabinetMaker magazine and joined with five other stakeholders in founding Chartwell Communications Inc. CabinetMaker and its sister publication FDM were purchased by Watt Publishing Co. and eventually merged into the current single magazine in 2009, which was purchased by CCI Media LLC in 2011.
Sampson was awarded the Woodworkers Helping Others award in 2004, “recognizing his support of the woodworking industry and the students that represent its future.” He was also instrumental in the founding of the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998, serving as the organization’s first executive director.
Suzanne VanGilder is the North American organizer of the Decorative Surfaces Conference. She spent many years as the editorial director for Surface & Panel magazine, a publication with the tagline “uniting materials, technology and design.” She uses her expertise to consult and write about engineered materials. Suzanne has a keen interest in the science behind how materials are made and processed; as well as how they are specified and used.
Jen Woodhouse is the author of popular DIY and design blog, The House of Wood. By trade, Jen is a performing songwriter based in Nashville, TN. She’s released three albums, toured the world, and licensed her music to national television shows and films – but more recently, she’s added ‘DIY Blogger’ to her eclectic resume. The House of Wood is where Jen documents her adventures in woodworking, interior design, and life as a musician, military wife, and mother of two adorable babies. When she’s not writing, recording, or touring, you’ll find her in the garage building furniture!