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The skills of a Finnish Carpenter impress in the Wood Awards competition

A design rocking chair made by carpenter Jouni Heikkinen received a "highly commended" recognition in the Wood Awards competition in London.

Wood Awards, an annual English competition that compares new designs from the top wood workshops celebrated its finale in a gala in London on November 18th, 2014. Among the four finalists in the category of furniture was a design rocking chair made by Rovaniemi-based cabinetmaker Jouni Heikkinen. As a demonstration of the high quality of the work of the Finnish cabinetmaker, the jury raised the rocking chair beside the winner's work with the "highly commended" recognition. Jouni Heikkinen graduated as an artisan from the OSAO Pikisaari unit in the spring of 2011.

Heikkinen made the chair that attracted a lot of media attention in cooperation with top designer James Ryan in the end of his apprentice year in the Edward Barnsley workshop. The renowned workshop is one of Britain's most famous trainers of cabinetmakers and its products are wanted as collectibles thanks to their high quality. The design rocking chair was showcased as the pride of the workshop in the Masterpiece Exhibition in the spring 2014 and it was quickly sold for the price of 25 000 pounds.

Differing from a traditional rocking chair, this sculpture-like design product has its arches merging perfectly to each other without a single straight line. The beautiful appearance of the chair doesn't mean that comfort has been compromised; the lines arch smoothly and rocking back and forth in the chair feels natural and easy. The surface colour won't fade in use because it has been done by burning instead of using paints and stains. To counterbalance the high price, the chair has been made to last from one generation to the next in daily use.

Competition results at: http://www.woodawards.com/winners-2014/