Apprentices show off their craft

Adam Coutts receives his bronze award from Wrights and Coopers First Master Alan Steele
Adam Coutts receives his bronze award from Wrights and Coopers First Master Alan Steele

At a special ceremony held to celebrate the work of young craftsmen, three local joinery apprentices studying Advanced Craft at Aberdeen College, were given awards in recognition of their skills by the Wrights and Coopers Incorporation – one of the seven Incorporated Trades.

The Wrights and Coopers have a long association with the College. The William Daniel award (named after ex-Deacon Convenor William Daniel, a meticulous craftsman who was passionate about skills being retained) was introduced a number of years ago for joinery apprentices studying Advanced Craft. To compete, the apprentice joiner must design and manufacture a piece of furniture which is witnessed and then judged by representatives from the Wrights and Coopers. As part of the Advanced Craft joinery course students also produce a segmental headed door and frame. These doors are judged by the Wrights and Coopers and certificates awarded at gold, silver and bronze level.

Fraser Petrie receiving his bronze award from Wrights and Coopers First Master Alan Steele

Fraser Petrie receiving his bronze award from Wrights and Coopers First Master Alan Steele

At the ceremony, Chris Milne (19) from Banchory was named a runner up in the William Daniel Award after judges were impressed with the quality of a cabinet he constructed and entered for the award. He also received a silver certificate for his door and frame. Chris is employed by Deeside Construction.

Adam Coutts (19) from Tarland and Fraser Petrie (20) from Banchory received bronze awards for their doors and frames. Adam is employed by Gordon Coutts and Fraser is employed by A W Gordon.

Aberdeen College lecturer Pat Cromar said: “All the students worked very hard and showed great commitment. I’m delighted with the effort they have put in and with the progress all of them have made. They should be proud of what they have produced.”

Mark Constable, Deacon of the Wrights and Coopers, said: “The Wrights and Coopers are delighted to continue their alliance with Aberdeen College in promoting excellence in our craft. As in previous years, the students are very deserving of their awards.”

Chris Milne receiving his Runner Up William Daniel Award from Wrights and Coopers Deacon Mark Constable

Chris Milne receiving his Runner Up William Daniel Award from Wrights and Coopers Deacon Mark Constable

Director of Curriculum and Learning at Aberdeen College Sandra Walker said: “It is always a great pleasure to recognise and celebrate the success of students of the College, particularly when it is for showing exceptional skill in a traditional craft that stretches back over many hundreds of years.”