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Henrik Skriver is a journeyman.
Erik Sølvsten Skriver and his classmates from the Holbaek Private Realskole in Denmark.

Henrik Skriver is a carpenter,a journyman and a modern naver

A naver has different names in different countries: journeyman, Zimmermann or Gesellen. Most people in Europe have seen them. They are the ones with a big black hat, a wooden walking stick and characteristic clothes.
Below You will find information of Henrik's education, naver, travelling, Denmark and much more information.
You can contact Henrik at his email address:

Erik Skriver is searching for old classmates from the Holbaek Private Realskole in Denmark.

Erik Skriver is arranging a party in Holbaek for his old classmates from Denmark, Australia, Belgium, Norway, Greenland and the United States of America. They intend to meet for a reunion in the Danish town of Holbaek in 2008 - 50 years after they left school.
If you know the new email and/or new post address of some of the classmates mentioned in the link to 'Eriks skolekammerater', please don't hesitate to contact Erik Skriver by his email address:

Henrik's education.

Henrik has a basic ten-year education from a Danish public school.

After that he had a four-year apprenticeship as a carpenter. His training took place in the city of Roskilde, where he was apprenticed to a master carpenter. During that period he also attended a technical school for six month, where he learned construction theory and had practical training in drafting and designing different ways to build houses. For his final journeyman's piece required to become a certified carpenter, he had to draft all the plans for a specified wooden construction and then build it.

Afterwards he studied for two year at the Superior Technical School Haslev Teknikum, where he took courses in technology, media, and culture, which are the basics required for further studies to obtain a M.Sc. in engineering.

Henrik then decided to take a break from his studies, and in 1999 he joined the naver society. He wants to resume his studies in 2002 and expects to be finished in 2007.

When he finishes his life as a wandering journeyman in August 2002, he will have four more years to go before he finishes his studies. Altogether his studies will have lasted for approximately 13 years.

Journeyman and a modern naver.

Henrik Skriver is a member of the German society Vereinigung der rechtschaffenen fremden Zimmerer- und Schieferdeckergesellen Deutschlands, which is located in Hamburg.

Members of this organisation are dressed in black or white clothes. They carry all their belongings over the shoulder, they travel by foot with a wooden walking stick in their hand, and they wear a special black tie. The black tie is the most important characteristic of this organisation. It tells you that you are standing before an honest and honourable person with no criminal record, who lives in accordance with the ethic rules of the organisation. Those ethic rules are strictly observed by the members, wherever in the world they may be.

The naver must be a certified craftsman. In former days a journeyman was required to work and live as naver for at least three years, before he could become a master craftsman with his own workshop. In Europe navers may be skilled craftsmen in various trades, such as carpenters, blacksmiths, plumbers etc.

Henrik Skriver is a certified carpenter, and as a member of the society he has to work and live like a naver for a minimum of three years and one day. Probably he will stay a little longer. He intends to come home in August 2002.

He works wherever he can find employment, he lives wherever he can find a place to sleep, and he goes on a holiday whenever he likes. He carries only his most important belongings: two sets of clothes, underwear, socks, one pair of shoes, and a bundle with toilet articles and some food. No plastic bags, no mobile phone, no wristwatch, etc. Everything is as in the olden days. However, he has personal insurance which covers him 24 hours a day and everywhere in the world.

Henrik's email in Danish are given on the site entitled Den moderne naver.


Henrik Skriver has to journey about for a minimum of three years and one day. During that time he must not visit his home and must not come nearer to it than 50 km.
Henrik has in the past years travelled as journeyman in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, and Canada. Some of his emails (in Danish) and many pictures are reproduced on this site.

The site entitled Gesellen billeder (the wandering carpenter) shows pictures from Germany, and there are links to pictures from different countries. The subexts are in Danish, but hopefully the pictures speak for themselves.


The site entitled Danmark shows where Henrik Skriver, Erik Skriver and his family live. There are links to some important sites about Denmark for those who want to learn a little about the country.

More Information.

If you want to know something more specific about the country, Holbaek or anything else, do not hesitate to call or send Erik Skriver an email.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

erik sølvsteen skriver der leder efter sine skolekammerater fra holbaek


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