PureBond Quality Awards
The PureBond Quality Awards is a 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.
2015 Judges – To Be Decided. See our past judges for 2014 below.
Eric Pfeiffer is an award winning product designer. His philosophy: Simplicity and sustainability guides a process that creates useful and essential forms for the objects in our lives. It is this pure design philosophy, coupled with a casual west coast sensibility that results in timeless objects rooted in a deep understanding of usability and manufacturing.
Pfeiffer’s products have attained worldwide distribution and currently sell in more than 350 of the finest stores in the US, Europe, and Japan. He also co-authored “Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture,” the seminal book on the history and manufacturing of bent ply furniture.
In 2000 Pfeiffer merged his first company with Offi where he served as VP of Design, overseeing all product design and development for the award-wining firm. Throughout his career, Pfeiffer has developed product concepts for Design Within Reach, Target, Crate and Barrel, MOMA, Room & Board, OXO and CB2.
Today, Pfeiffer continues with his goal of creating essential objects. Working with a wide range companies his work is focused on the real needs of people and the market. “A beautiful solution is one that people use everyday, becoming essential to their daily life,” he says. “And if we can create a product the lasts a lifetime and showcases its purity of form and function, even better.”
Currently the editor of CabinetMaker+FDM magazine, 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.
Whitney Gainer and Ashley Turner are two sisters that wear many hats! Whitney is a stay-at-home mother with 5 kids, and Ashley is a stay-at-home mother of 3. They started blogging when they both moved into new homes, and were challenged to decorate more space on a budget. They love scouring high and low for shanty items and transforming them into something chic, which led them to start their blog Shanty2Chic! They take their readers along on a journey as they transform their homes on a budget with DIY projects and How-To Tutorials. They are both aware of the virtues of quality PureBond plywood since they’ve taken the “PureBond Pledge” and use it for all their furniture projects that include plywood.
Suzanne VanGilder is the editorial director for Surface & Panel magazine, a publication with the tagline “uniting materials, technology and design.” With nearly 10 years of experience writing about engineered materials, she has a keen interest in the science behind how materials are made and processed; as well as how they are specified and used.