Firman Joinery has done it again.
The Oamaru business that has won numerous honours has returned from the 2019 New Zealand Master Joiners Awards in Invercargill with another haul of prizes.
“We had an fantastic night,” founder and co-owner Gary Firman said of the June 22 event.
“Our apprentice took out the three apprentice awards, including the top award, and we took out the regional award for a kitchen we produced, and the Gordon Caulfield Memorial Trophy as the employer of the highest-scoring apprentice.”
The awards recognise excellence in craftsmanship and expertise in the industry.
The accolades for apprentice Mathew McLellan – Best Timber Project Over Two Years Award, Highest Judged for Workmanship and Skill Award, and the People’s Choice Over Two Years Award – follow his participation in the WorldSkills Global Skills Challenge in Sydney and WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017 with the “Tool Blacks”.
His entry in the Master Joiners Awards was a project he undertook while preparing for the WorldSkills, comprising a variety of complex timber joinery techniques. It had to be finished to an exacting standard in a specified time, using only the required materials, and only hand tools and portable power tools.
The Best Waitaki Region Award went to Firman Joinery for a kitchen the business made for a new home in Queenstown. The region is defined as Oamaru, Waimate, Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine.
The kitchen was designed for a client by Stuart Bateman, of Queenstown’s Stuart Bateman Design. Judging incorporated design, workmanship, complexity, innovation, practicality, aesthetics, and creative use of materials and colour.
Firman Joinery has previously won prizes in the New Zealand Master Joiners Awards in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2018, including the Supreme Award.
“We are proud to have once again been recognised by our peers as a manufacturer of high-quality joinery,” Mr Firman said.
“We are especially proud of Mathew and thrilled that he has been recognised for his outstanding project, which showcases how well he has mastered the skills of his trade.”