Winners of the 2021 #felderchallenge selected
October 26, 2021 | 4:43 pm CDT

Henrik Tjaeby was the grand prize winner in the 2021 #felderchallenge. He submitted a DIY woven chair. For winning, Tjaeby received a  Hammer CNC portal milling machine model HNC 47.82.

This year’s Felder Challenge drew more than 1,500 projects from around the world. The grand prize winner of the 2021 event was Henrik Tjaeby who won over the judges with his DIY woven chair. 

For his efforts, Tjaeby won a brand-new Hammer CNC portal milling machine model HNC 47.82.

Projects were submitted by do-it-yourselfers from more than 51 countries this year. Tjaeby submitted his project from Spain. The five-person jury led by the company CMO Tamara Felder was given the opportunity to get one project into the final round of voting with the “Golden Choice Award.” 

The other 50 projects that were nominated for the final round of voting were assessed according to their originality, creativity, execution, technical performance, soft skills and more within the parameters of the individual project. Finally, all the participants of the #felderchallenge selected a winner during a week of voting.

“It was extremely challenging to choose between the 1,500 projects submitted as the standard of all contributions was very high. We welcomed every single project and were excited to see how the community supported each other and especially how they motivated each other,” said Felder.

Tim Morend from Switzerland took second place with his camping vehicle structure and will soon be the owner of a new Felder bandsaw FB 510.

Third place was awarded to the musical project by Johann Pascher from Austria: with his olive-wood Styrian harmonica, he managed to earn a Felder ForKa 200 eco plus manual edgebander.

Projects coming in fourth to sixth included a clockwork table by Nuţu Șteţcu from Romania; the pavilion by Brendon Howe from the UK; and the Kumiko lamp by Leon Egeli from Switzerland. All three were awarded a Number1 tool box. 
Seventh to tenth places received a Japanese handsaw set. These winners were: Robert Bachmann (Austria) for his rowing boat; Howard Butler (UK) for his elegant table; David Waite (UK) for his modern sideboard; and Vincent Monbaron (Switzerland) for his chest of drawers.

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Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).