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Call for entries in the 2015 PureBond Quality Awards

Columbia Forest Products is pleased to announce the opening of the entry period for the 4th Annual PureBond® Quality Awards competition.

Twelve winners will be chosen by a team of expert judges covering four project categories: Residential Kitchen, Residential Bath, Residential Other, and Commercial.

To be considered for judging, each project submission must contain formaldehyde-free PureBond hardwood plywood in the construction. The winning selections will be made based on the “quality” use of PureBond hardwood plywood in a project.

Entries for the PureBond Quality Awards competition are being accepted until May 31, 2015.

Quality Use of PureBond Hardwood Plywood

PureBond hardwood plywood

The PureBond Quality Awards are open to Columbia’s PureBond Fabricator Network (PFN) members. However, fabricators who use PureBond hardwood plywood in their practice may join the PFN now and become eligible to submit entries before the competition’s deadline.

For more details on joining the PureBond Fabricator Network, contact lwinkler@cfpwood.com or visithttp://www.columbiaforestproducts.com/contact-us/pfn-enrollment-request/.

The criterion for the winners is simple: demonstrating “quality” use of PureBond hardwood plywood.

“The PureBond Quality Awards is a way for us to recognize and share the high-quality work being produced by our PureBond Fabricator Network members,” said Todd Vogelsinger, Columbia Forest Products’ director of marketing. “We created a partnership of craftspeople who build quality finished goods for residential and commercial customers using our flagship brand of PureBond hardwood plywood. We’ve admired their work so much, we decided that a competition would be a great way to spotlight their accomplishments,” he added.

This is the fourth year for the competition, which has proven to be very popular, according to Vogelsinger.

Columbia has assembled a distinguished panel of judges for the 2015 competition. They include:

  • Rich Christianson, principal of Richson Media, a communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector and the former longtime editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network
  • C.T. ‘Kip’ Howlett, Jr., president of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association and a former executive at Georgia-Pacific
  • William Sampson, editor of FDMC magazine, with a 35-year career in the woodworking industry and publishing business
  • Suzanne VanGilder, the North American organizer of the Decorative Surfaces Conference and a former editorial director for Surface & Panel magazine, a publication whose mission is to “unite materials, technology and design”
  • Jen Woodhouse, author of the popular DIY and design blog The House of Wood

Competition Prizes

First place winners in the 4th Annual PureBond Quality Awards competition will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The second and third place winners will receive $500 and $200 prizes, respectively. Judging will be conducted in June, with the winners announced in July 2015.

How to Enter

The PureBond Quality Awards is the only competition focused exclusively on the use of PureBond hardwood plywood in quality woodworking projects. The competition is accepting entries through May 31, 2015.

For more information on how to enter the competition, visithttp://www.columbiaforestproducts.com/showroom/purebond-quality-award-winners/, e-mail your request to lwinkler@cfpwood.com, or call 800-637-1609.

You may also access the contest entry form here: http://www.columbiaforestproducts.com/showroom/purebond-quality-award-winners/contest-entry-form/.

Columbia’s formaldehyde-free PureBond® technology was a major breakthrough in the engineered wood panel market. Developed by Columbia Forest Products in conjunction with scientists at Oregon State University, the first PureBond® hardwood plywood products were produced in 2005. Since then, more than 50 million panels have been shipped.

PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology continues to be a market differentiator for woodshops that cater to a health-conscious, quality-focused clientele. More than 900 fabricators have joined the PureBond Fabricator Networkto identify themselves as leading-edge suppliers who are thoughtful about the materials they use, and who wish to serve customers who care about good indoor air quality and maximizing property resale values.

About Columbia Forest Products

Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is America’s largest manufacturer of decorative hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer. An employee-owned company, it operates facilities throughout North America. It is a leader in sustainable forestry, as well as in developing innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and products for healthy indoor living.

Columbia Forest Products has provided fine decorative hardwood plywood veneer panels to North American fabricators for nearly 60 years. The company is committed to offering the industry’s widest product selection, manufactured in efficient, technologically advanced mills, and backed by exceptional service and product support.

Introducing our Re-Designed Consumer-Orientated PureBond Website!


All of us at Columbia Forest Products are pleased to announce the launch of our updated and improved consumer facing, PureBond website*! The site is still accessed at: http://purebondplywood.com but will now offer the following key design changes and enhancements:

  • Mobile friendly and responsive for ease of use with both smart phones and tablets
  • Streamlined navigation for an improved user experience
  • Built-in sharing capabilities
  • Greater exposure and project galleries for both members of our PureBond Fabricator Network and PureBond Idea Team
  • More information about our PureBond hardwood plywood
  • Enhanced Where to Buy search capabilities
  • New color palette and look to reflect our branding guidelines
  • And much more

Our goal is to provide information to PureBond hardwood plywood consumers in a way that is easier to access, navigate and understand and our re-designed website gives us a valuable tool to help enhance communication and ensure that all consumer expectations are met when they choose our PureBond hardwood plywood products.

Click here to access our PureBond website!

* NOTE: This is our consumer orientated website and not our corporate site which still remains at: http://columbiaforestproducts.com

Announcing the 2014 Winners of the Third Annual PureBond Quality Awards

Eleven winners in four project categories, Residential Kitchen, Residential Bath, Residential Other, and Commercial, were chosen by a team of expert judges. Selections were made based on use of PureBond® hardwood plywood in a project that lead to a quality finished project.

“The PureBond Quality Awards (PQA) is a way for Columbia Forest Products to annually 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 an annual competition would be a great way to spotlight their accomplishments.”

Residential Kitchen Category

  • First Place: Ruffino Cabinetry
  • Second Place: Fitucci Cabinets
  • Third Place: Glenwood Kitchen, Ltd.

Residential Bath Category

  • First Place: Cole Wagner Cabinetry
  • Second Place: Fitucci Cabinets
  • Third Place: Ruffino Cabinetry

Residential Other Category

  • First Place: Rivendell Woodworks, Inc.
  • Second Place: Fairfield County Millwork 
  • Third Place: Wm. H. Fry Construction Co.

Commercial Category

  • First Place: Neil Kelly Cabinets
  • Second Place: urbangreen furniture

Residential Kitchen

The first place winner of the Residential Kitchen category is Ruffino Cabinetry of Fort Myers, FL. The winning design was created for a transitional style home and the stately kitchen project consisted of custom made cabinetry that utilized PureBond ¾” poplar core panels throughout.

Ruffino-Kit-1

“Since 1981 Ruffino Cabinetry has been providing luxury kitchens and fitted furniture throughout Florida and selected projects Nationally and Internationally. Through the years we have assembled a remarkable team of designers and artisans who together have made the company the top choice among discerning custom homebuilders, architects and interior designers. Our products have been manufactured in the United States for over 30 years. Every room of cabinetry is made to order and specifically tailored to fit each client’s request. Using only the finest materials, our team of craftsmen fashion raw materials into luxury cabinetry suited for every room in the home. From Kitchens to monumental bathrooms and libraries Ruffino Cabinetry is capable of taking on any request.,” said Stephen C. Ruffino of Ruffino Cabinetry.

Fitucci-Kit2The second place winner was Fitucci Cabinets of Van Nuys, CA. with a fabulous kitchen installation created with quarter sawn walnut veneers and plain sliced walnut.

Glenwood-Kit3The third place prize in the Residential Kitchen category went to Glenwood Kitchen, Ltd. of Shediac, NB with a stately and inviting kitchen created using prefinished Birch UV coated PureBond hardwood plywood.

Residential Bath 

The first place winner of the Residential Bath category is Cole Wagner Cabinetry of Rochchester Hills, MI. The winning design was for a bath that highlighted pre-finished Maple PureBond hardwood plywood panels in a custom design that included a freestanding vanity and column with an arch panel, which surrounds the bathtub area.

Col-wagner-Bath

According to Lori Millbauer, a company spokesperson, “Purebond hardwood plywood was a perfect choice for this client and all of our clients. The PureBond project product helped to make this client’s home safer and helped to reduce their allergies. Using a product that does not have any VOC’s or gasses being let off into their environment is extremely important not only to the client, but to our company as well. We are a green company and it is important that we use products that are eco-friendly, while still offering to our clients a high quality product that meets our high standards.”

Fitucci-Bath2The second place winner was Fitucci Cabinets of Van Nuys, CA. with a wonderful bath created for a mountain estate that highlighted the use of PureBond panels with quarter sawn walnut veneers and plain sliced walnut.

Ruffino-Bath3The third place winner was Ruffino Cabinetry of Fort Myers, FL. The winning design was created for a transitional style home and the inviting bath creation consisted of custom made cabinetry that utilized PureBond ¾” poplar core walnut panels throughout.

Residential Other

The Residential Other category, which was open to, projects such built-in furnishings, furniture and closet systems and was won this year by Rivendell Woodworks, Inc. of Concord, CA. The winning entry is one in which Rivendell created an elegant family room/study with custom cabinetry and wall paneling, highlighting clear finished PureBond hardwood plywood panels in Maple.

Rivendell-Other

Commenting on the winning project, Kanda Alahan of Rivendell said, “The client demanded domestic (local if possible) materials, with plywood using the PureBond adhesive to avoid formaldehyde off-gassing.” And “We at Rivendell find the PureBond products, in particular the clear finished maple plywood, a excellent fit for our cabinetry which we promote as “green,” built primarily from sustainably harvested woods and plywood free from of formaldehyde-based adhesives.”

Fairfield-Other2The second place winner, with a wonderfully creative custom wine room was Fairfield County Millwork out of Bethany, CT that used PureBond White Oak panels in the construction.

Wm-Fry-Const.-Other3Third place in the Residential Other category was awarded to Wm. H. Fry Construction Co. of Cupertino, CA with an elegant wine tasting room that used PureBond hardwood plywood panels.

Commercial 

The Commercial category was open to any type of commercial application. The first place submission came from Neil Kelly Cabinets of Portland, OR. The winning entry, a conference table large enough to seat more than 20 people was created for Moda Health Network in Anchorage, Alaska utilizing formaldehyde-free PureBond panels in the construction.

Neil-Kelly-Commercial

A spokesperson for Neil Kelly Cabinets, stated. “This conference table meets the needs of the client because it contains no formaldehyde, is lighter-weight, uses responsibly sourced resources, and exceeds product engineering requirements.”

Urban-Green-CommericalThe second place winning entry was from urbangreen furniture of Brooklyn, NY with custom cabinetry created for Jacques Torre, a chocolatier based in New York, NY using Maple PureBond hardwood plywood panels.


 

Judging the Competition

The panel of judges assembled for the 2014 PureBond Quality Awards competition included: William Sampson, editor of CabinetMaker+FDM Magazine, with a lengthy history in publishing, woodworking and business; Eric Pfeiffer, an award-winning product designer and co-author of “Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture,”; Whitney Gainer and Ashley Turner, the two sisters behind the Shanty2Chic blog which teaches followers how to transform their homes on a budget with DIY projects and How-To Tutorials; and Suzanne VanGilder is the editorial director for Surface & Panel magazine, a publication with the tagline “uniting materials, technology and design.”

The criterion for the winners was simply demonstrating “quality” use of PureBond hardwood plywood. “The contest has grown dramatically between our first and second year,” Vogelsinger noted. “In fact, we received nearly twice as many entries this year. Every single one was impressive and instructive,” he added.

About PureBond Technology

Columbia’s formaldehyde-free PureBond® technology was a major breakthrough in the engineered wood panel market. Developed by Columbia Forest Products in conjunction with scientists at Oregon State University, the first PureBond hardwood plywood panels were produced in 2005. Since then, more than 50 million have been shipped.

PureBond formaldehyde-free technology continues to be a market differentiator for woodshops that cater to a health-conscious clientele. Over 850 fabricators have joined the PureBond Fabricator Network to identify themselves as leading-edge suppliers who are thoughtful about the materials they use and the concern customers have with good indoor air quality and home resale value.

The PureBond Quality Awards competition will be held again in 2015. “We are very pleased with the participation among the members of the PureBond Fabricators Network, and hope for even more entries next year,” Vogelsinger stated.

To join the PureBond Fabricator Network and become eligible to compete in the PureBond Quality Awards, click here.

A-mazing PureBond Project

PureBond, hardwood plywoodPrepare to be A-mazed a the National Building Museum in Washington, DC this Summer!  The museum, in partnership with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, is planning on creating a never-before-seen large-scale maze for the museum’s historic home. The maze, aptly named the “BIG Maze” will be constructed mostly from formaldehyde-free , maple, PureBond  hardwood plywood panels will stand approximately 18 feet high and measure 60 feet by 60 feet deploying  a series of intricate twists and turns for visitors to follow and explore. The venue will to open July 4 to September 1, 2014 at the museum. For more information on this interesting project and event, click here!

Edgy table entry for PureBond “Power Tools for Pink” benefit for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

$T2eC16Z,!y!FIc8+jwRsBSSyL4yQbw~~60_57$(KGrHqN,!lMFIy3Fuq-oBSSyMJ4eHg~~60_57We think this is truly an edgy, unique “WOW” table entry for our 1st Annual PureBond “Power Tools for $T2eC16N,!y8E9s2filoBBSSyLk((V!~~60_57Pink” benefit for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) courtesy of DIY blogger Cindy from Daisies and Crazies. We absolutely LOVE how she has combined the materials of iron and our birch hardwood plywood to create an urban and glamorous table creation!!! As with the rest of the table creations that we have been posting, this table is up for auction on eBay Giving where the entire amount of the winning bid will go to BCRF, so we encourage your to place your bid now for this fab table before it’s too late! Click here to bid!

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