Germany hosts the 14th European professional competition - organised by Timber Construction Europe.
From 5 to 8 July 2022, the Timber Construction European Championship will be held in parallel with the DACH+HOLZ International 2022 trade fair in Cologne. The European umbrella organisation Timber Construction Europe is the organiser of what is now the 14th professional competition. The European Carpentry Championship is organised and hosted by Holzbau Deutschland - Bund Deutscher Zimmermeister im Zentralverband des Deutschen Baugewerbes. "It is a great honour for us to welcome young carpenters from all over Europe to Cologne next year," says a delighted Peter Aicher, President of Timber Construction Europe and Chairman of Holzbau Deutschland. "During the four days of the fair, they will demonstrate their skills and expertise in carpentry. At the end, we will crown the best European team and the best or the best from their ranks." Germany last hosted the European professional competition in 2012. At that time, it took place in Stuttgart, also parallel to DACH+HOLZ International.
Challenging tasks for young carpenters
As in the national professional competitions, the participants in the Timber Construction European Championship have to carpenter demanding timber constructions within a clearly defined time frame. In this way, they demonstrate their professional handling of wood as a building material. The timber constructions are then judged by a European jury of experts.
The individual European associations take part in the competition with a maximum of three young carpenters. They compete against each other both individually and as a team. At the 2018 European Championships in Luxembourg, 24 participants from ten nations competed for the coveted medals. The national carpentry team from Holzbau Deutschland was able to assert itself as the best team in Europe. France followed in second place, with Switzerland taking third place. In the individual competition, Alexander Bruns, then a journeyman carpenter, came out on top for the Holzbau Deutschland team and won gold. Rafael Bieler from Switzerland took the silver medal ahead of Lukas Nafz from Germany, who received the bronze medal.