Wegner chair at Danish championships for young upholsterers

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An AP 20/18 chair under completion. (Photos: Skovdal.dk et al.)

Skills Denmark is the biggest event for apprentices in Danish vocational training. Here talented apprentices in 36 different trades compete to become Denmark’s best within their specialty. This year, Skills Denmark took place in Copenhagen in early January, and nearly 70,000 visitors came around.

The Danish wood and furniture industry was represented in the competitions in four disciplines: Joiner, woodcutting machinist, cabinet maker and upholsterer. A total of 21 trainees participated in the 4 competitions.

For the young upholsterers, the assignment was to upholster a children’s version of the classic Weg-ner armchair model AP 20/18. Participants were each given a finished blind frame, and then the process was first to mount the bottom and supporting materials to the frame, then cutting out the cover in fabric or leather, and finally sewing and mounting the cover work on the frame. 20 hours were allotted to the whole task.

The reviews were both on precision in mounting and cutting, uniformity in sewing and creativity in the choice of materials. The winner was Cecilie Vibe Hansen, who is an apprentice of Lonnie’s Upholstery in Helsinge and a student at Skive Technical Institute.

Read more at www.skillsdenmark.dk

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The winner Cecilie Vibe Hansen working on her upholstery masterpiece.