Knapp Historische Baustoffe supplies carpentries and joineries throughout Germany with oak beams, planks and boards for the restoration of old buildings. What makes Knapp so special is that it has been supplying almost exclusively old wood for 35 years. The denkmal gold medal is regarded in the industry as a recognised seal of quality for top performance in restoration and monument preservation. An independent expert jury of international experts from the monument industry decides on the award.

The reason

In the explanatory memorandum, it was pointed out that the repair of old buildings with younger, i.e. fresh, wood can cause problems. The use of old, seasoned wood with low moisture content accelerates the restoration process and leads to more satisfactory results in terms of construction and aesthetics. According to the explanatory memorandum, supplying good quality waste wood in various sizes and cuts, in sufficient quantities and in a reliable quality means effort and high competence.

For Thomas Knapp, the founder and managing director of the 14-strong family business, the award of the denkmal gold medal is also recognition for his decades of insistence on product quality, entrepreneurial reliability and sustainability. "All of us in the company are of course very proud of the gold medal", says Thomas Knapp and continues: "If such an award is added to the positive business development, then it was probably the right way to go".

For Thomas Knapp, the denkmal gold medal also completes a very personal circle. The start of the company in 1984 was the recovery of the typical sandstone roof slabs of the Weserbergland. These were needed by the roofers, for example, for the urgent renovation of the roofs of Corvey Monastery. Corvey was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site four years ago, along with the Knapps roofing slabs on the roof.

The award
Bildanbieter: Uwe Frauendorf, Leipziger MesseBildanbieter: Uwe Frauendorf, Leipziger MesseThe award
Photos: Uwe Frauendorf, Leipziger Messe

About the denkmal

Every two years in November, denkmal opens its doors at the Leipzig Exhibition Grounds. The leading European trade fair for monument conservation, restoration and refurbishment has been the industry's meeting place for years. At denkmal, state heritage conservation organisations, private initiatives and support associations, restoration companies and suppliers of building materials for heritage conservation exchange ideas.

At this year's denkmal, 448 exhibitors from 19 countries presented their products and services from all areas of monument preservation and restoration. With over 200 events in its specialist programme, the leading European trade fair more than lived up to its reputation as the industry's most important platform for further education and training.

High-ranking guests from the world of politics and international experts took advantage of denkmal to exchange ideas across countries and disciplines. The focus in particular was on the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018, in whose German contribution denkmal was the last official highlight. Strategies were jointly developed to use the success of the projects initiated this year as a basis for future Europe-wide work.

Thomas Knapp Historische Baustoffe GmbH has been present at denkmal for many years.

To the denkmal websiteThe news article about the award ceremony

About Knapp Historische Baustoffe

Founded in 1984, the company has developed into one of the specialists for old wood, especially old oak. The company purchases waste wood specifically from dismantlers and processes it with nine employees on the company's 15,000 square metre site, which used to be the Deensen railway station. Five other employees take care of work preparation, administration, purchasing and sales, as well as marketing. In the owner-managed company, Benjamin Staude, the second generation of the family, has been responsible as plant manager for six years.

Knapp supplies scrap wood not only for the preservation of historical monuments. The advantages of Knapp waste wood are also appreciated in the "normal" renovation of older houses or in new buildings. In addition, Knapp supplies sawmills from waste wood for practically every need. Carpenters and window manufacturers appreciate the quality-conscious handling of their different needs just as much as the flourishing "maker" scene, which is also served by an online shop.

In the company's own joinery, furniture, floorboards and wall coverings are produced, just as the company slogan propagates: "We make everything out of old oak". The company's richly illustrated references provide a good overview of how Knapp old wood can be used as half-timbered or furniture: references Knapp

You will also find many references to exciting projects in the company's news:News from Knapp

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