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Cabinet maker after 65 years, retired: The time that everyone kwaliteitsmeubelen wanted, is over. It's all Ikea
Kortrijk Omer Vandenborre (80) has its last piece of furniture made. He was 65 years in the craft. “The time that everyone kwaliteitsmeubelen wanted, is over. The prices are for many people too high. It's all IKEA. And it should especially go fast.”

The furniture maker was in the craft was born. Omer learned as a teenager, the tricks of the trade from his father Robert. 65 years later, let Omer Vandenborre, the company puts out. The memories remain, after many thousands of jobs. “Everyone knew me in Kortrijk, because I have so many places came,” he says. “To name but a few examples where I was asked as a cabinetmaker: shoes Verduyn, jewelry Scaldis, the Textielhuis, the former Sint-Maartenskliniek, former café The Guild in the Wijngaardstraat, former pastry Lanssens in the Voorstraat, the town hall,... the Mayors of Kortrijk did during my career often appeal to me, such as the Taeye, Lambrecht, Sansen and The Clerk.” “

“architects and industrialists were happy, all of the richest people of the city were a customer of me. And when Kunstwerkstede De Coene in the late 70 stopped, started also the large projects, such as the restoration of castles. Wannegem-Lede, Beernem... I am in a lot of castles.”

“My beautiful command? The restoration of the reading room of the Palace of the Academies, next to the royal palace in Brussels. The entire reading room is in mahogany, with doors of three metres high and six metres wide, five centimetres thick. There were three men necessary for such a door to be able to wear. The polishing of all that wood alone took two months, very impressive. Everyone knew my stielkennis. I could fine signs, I saw everything and I only worked with the best and the most beautiful wood, at competitive prices. At my peak, in the 60's and 70's, there were in my studio on Chapel in Bede 25 machines and I had ten people in the service. The vocational schools sent their best students to me, I knew the teachers well.”

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