He studied at the Cergy-Pontoise School of Decorative Art near Paris. After participating in a woodturning course, he began to manufacture thin-walled vessels and lamp shades made of green wood. Objects that are reminiscent of botanical plants or marine organisms became his trademark. His works have been exhibited in galleries in Europe, the USA and Australia.
Workshops with Alain Mailland
Having obtained her apprenticeship diploma in cabinetmaking from the Technical University of Hanover, Germany Anne-Katrine went on to study design at Hanover University of Applied Sciences. After completing her vocational diploma, she trained as a restorer at the Instituto per L`Arte E ll Restauro in Florence, Italy and has been working as a freelance restorer in Hanover since 1989.
Workshops with Annekathrine Schmidt
Arno sets himself the highest standards in all his craft work, and that includes his hobbies of leatherworking and knife making. It was while stitching knife sheaths that he discovered his passion for leatherworking, which has had a hold on him ever since. His projects, often combined with wickerwork, are characterised by clear, modern designs, often using unusual materials.
Workshops with Arno Buck
A native of Italy, Boris Bonadies discovered his love of wood at an early age. After graduating from a demanding apprenticeship as a joinery, carpentry and general woodwork restorer, his journey took him to the USA where he completed internships in restoration studios in New York and Philadelphia. Besides working for many years as a restorer in Florence, he has also passed on his rich knowledge by lecturing at several Italian schools for restoration. He joined the DICTUM team in Munich in mid-2016, where he now works in sales and delivers courses.
Workshops with Boris Bonadies
Already at the age of 8, he built his first own work bench. When he was a teenager, he constructed two buildings on their farm in Hackett/Arkansas together with his father only by using hand tools. The qualified journalist has preserved his passion for hand tools until today and is happy to be able to combine his hobby and profession through his job as a distinguished woodworker and author of the magazine Popular Woodworking.
Workshops with Christopher Schwarz
As a long-standing employee of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, with over 25 years of experience in sharpening tools, Deneb Puchalski works as a product manager, sharpening expert and event manager. For many years he has presented Lie-Nielsen tools all over the world, passing on his expertise.
Workshops with Deneb Puchalski
A furniture maker with over 30 years of experience. Besides his custom-built furniture, Derek is also glad to share his professional expertise in courses and presentations. A native of the UK, Derek has edited the »Furniture & Cabinetmaking« magazine since 2009, and has written at length on many aspects of woodworking.
Workshops with Derek Jones
As an independent master joiner, Ernst Maier runs a small, creative one-man workshop in Upper Austria. For more than 10 years he has focused on building natural wood furniture that reflects the forms of nature. Above all, his works are characterised by the combination of natural wood and classic solid wood techniques.
Workshops with Ernst Maier
As we all know, the best scythes are manufactured in Austria. In the town of Rossleithen in the Upper Austrian Kremstal valley the company Schröckenfux, which has a long tradition, has manufactured tailor-made scythes for 450 years. Who else could teach our participants better how to sharpen and grind scythes and sickles than the qualified foreman Ernst Schoiswohl, who has been working in the worlds most famous scythe smithy for more than 30 years?
Workshops with Ernst Schoiswohl
Fabian Bumeder acquired a wealth of experience during his eleven years working for a crafts-oriented joinery. He went on to complete his qualification as an industrial supervisor specialised in woodworking while also completing a degree in technical business administration. He has advised customers in the DICTUM Shop in Munich since 2015 and regularly acts as the representative of the DICTUM Workshop at the same location.
Workshops with Fabian Bumeder
The experienced industrial mechanic completed further training and passed the master certification exam to become an interior designer. He also completed a degree as a restorer for the craft of interior design at Schloss Raesfeld. Since 2014, he has been successfully running his own restoration workshop with upholsterers. He is a member of the master craftsman's examination board for the HWK Niederbayern/Oberpfalz.
Workshops with Franz Roth
The internationally known cabinetmaker with his penchant for beautiful details has written two books (The Handplane Book and Classic Hand Tools), he teaches many different woodworking topics in the US, in Canada, the UK, and Japan, and he runs a small farm in Vermont/USA. His furniture projects have been acknowledged in various magazines and books. He also works for the magazine Fine Woodworking.
Workshops with Garrett Hack
He has been fascinated by wood as a working material since childhood, where he worked with it creatively and skilfully. He spent many hours of his free time in his youth at his father's workbench. That is how he learnt the necessary skills to become a carpenter and has worked as a cabinet maker for over 30 years. As a member of the DICTUM Workshop team, he shares his experience of carpentry with seminar participants.
Workshops with Gotthard Ambros
The aim of the enthusiastic woodturner, master cabinetmaker and freelance artist is to preserve traditional craftsman techniques. He has been giving wood turning courses for beginners and advanced participants for many years. In the DICTUM woodturning workshop he will share with you his enthusiasm for wood as a beautiful material, and he will give you an insight into his enormous wealth of experience.
Workshops with Günther Friese
Master cabinet maker Hauke Schmidt lives and works in Cologne. Whenever he is not building pieces of furniture according to his own design, he teaches working with solid wood. The spectrum ranges from courses for amateurs to master classes for cabinet makers. For him, teaching and learning are two sides of the same coin, which he loves both - as well as making pieces of art from roof battens.
Workshops with Hauke Schmidt
The great passion of this skilled carpenter and qualified designer has always been wood and traditional craft techniques. Prior to joining DICTUM, he worked as a freelance writer for several magazines in the woodworking sector.
Workshops with Heiko Pulcher
Heinrich Koch learned this age-old craft from his father. Already as a 12-year-old, he loved helping out in his parents' shingle workshop and has perfected the art of shingle making over the course of his life. Since 1978 Heinrich has worked for German timber-shingle makers Ott as the world's best wood-shingle maker.
Workshops with Heinrich Koch
Herbert Ritter began his career making custom-made saddles; then came several years as a bag-maker for Hermès - Paris, followed by many years as a product developer and manager in the fashion industry. Today, after nearly 30 years professional experience, master saddle- and bag-maker Herbert is focusing his passion on preserving traditional, manual work techniques, with the emphasis on clear, hand-stitched forms, function and quality.
Workshops with Herbert Ritter
His charming British style, his creative mind and his magnetic personality make him very popular in the woodturning community. Clewes is a member of Professional Woodturners in the UK and of the American Association of Woodturners. Originating from England, he runs a woodturning school in Las Vegas, USA. He has some 26 years of experience as a professional woodturner and freelance lecturer oll over the world, including Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He has written many specialist articles published in the Woodturner Magazine and he is the editor of a DVD series.
Workshops with Jimmy Clewes
Whether he is building a surrealistic piece of furniture, carving a Gothic altar figure or making a commissioned work for the concept artist Jeff Koons – the qualified master cabinetmaker, master sculptor and handicrafts teacher explores the sculptural scope for design of wood material with enormous inquisitiveness and also exceeds the limit between art and handicraft. His courses are among the most popular courses offered at DICTUM!
Workshops with Jörg Steinhauer
The qualified mechanical engineer and vocational teacher has been repairing and improving the sound quality of string instruments for more than 40 years. He was so fascinated by this work that he decided to start a training as a violin maker in Luby in 1994. Since then he has been working as an independent master violin-maker near Bratislava. Novák is especially interested in tonewoods and paintworks.
Workshops with Jozef Novák
After years on the road through Europe in the journeyman's tradition, qualified metalworker Jürgen founded his own forge in Germany's Upper Palatinate region. A few years ago he began specialising in historical replicas, in particular tools and weapons. True to the motto a smith keeps learning all his life, he experiments with traditional setups and compound steels, from which he creates not only time-honoured designs but also his own modern style.
Workshops with Jürgen Graßler
The enthusiastic smith, knife maker and writer Jürgen Rosinski is going to pass on his expert knowledge in our courses. In his book »Messermachen für Anfänger« (Knife making for beginners) and in his workshop »Einfach schmieden« (Simple forging) he shows that it is possible to make beautiful blades with excellent cutting functionalities even with just a few material and tools. He cordially invites you to participate in his workshop.
Workshops with Jürgen Rosinski
Kanjuro Shibata XXI
Kanjuro Shibata XXI, adopted son and successor of Kanjuro Shibata XX, was officially awarded the title of Imperial Bow Maker in 1994. Since then he has continued the legacy of this bow maker family in its 21st generation. As well as making kyudo bows in his fathers workshop in Kyoto, he also teaches in the Heki-Ryu Bishu Chikurin-Ha school in Europe.
Workshops with Kanjuro Shibata XXI
Kirstins work focuses on preserving the structure, recovering the usability and restoring the surfaces of antique furniture. In her own workshop, the qualified joiner, wood turner and restorer is dedicated to restoration, combining the latest technical knowledge with traditional work methods.
Workshops with Kirstin Lang
Konrad von Liebieg
Being an independent master cabinetmaker, Konrad von Liebieg ran a small workshop on a farmyard in the Lower Bavarian village of Angersdorf. With growing passion he has focussed on weaving chairs for more than 30 years now. You can marvel at his brilliance in working with the so-called “Viennese wickerwork” (Wiener Geflecht) or in repairing old coffee-house chairs on handicraft markets taking place in the Lower Bavarian region.
Workshops with Konrad von Liebieg
Kurt is renowned in his town of Grafenau as a master barber of the old school - which makes him bang on trend. He consistently keeps up the manual tradition of his craft: Wet shaving with a cut-throat razor and hair-cutting with razor, comb and scissors have been the standard in his salon for 47 years. The passion he has for his profession combined with his vast expertise make him the ideal teacher for anyone who wants to learn how to handle a sharp blade.
Workshops with Kurt Stangl
Mary May attended various schools for sculpture in Greece, England, and Malaysia. She has been working as a freelance sculptor in Charleston, SC, for over 20 years. She specializes in the classic European style. Her works include details for antique furniture reproductions, architectural ornaments for buildings, sacral objects, and sculptures.For some time now, she has been passing on her knowledge and expertise in courses at various craft schools in North America, among them Mark Adam's School of Woodworking, Roy Underhill's The Woodright's School, and Kelly Mehler's School of Woodworking. She also runs an online carving school with more than 60 videos.
Workshops with Mary May
Boat builder Matthias Freymadl learned his craft in a boatyard on Lake Chiem in Bavaria. He graduated from the Academy of Design & Crafts in Munich with a Master Award. Matthias has been working at Dictum for several years.
Workshops with Matthias Freymadl
The qualified goldsmith loves giving playful elements to hand-forged and cast utility objects with puristic functionality, which are often revealed only at the second glance. He runs a workshop for tools and jewellery in Nuremberg and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and today gives lectures at the training centre for goldsmiths in the city of Ahlen and at the Chamber of Trades in Koblenz.
Workshops with Matthias Lehr
Cabinetmaker, restorer and sculptor Melanie focuses on the unrestrained use of wood as a material. She encourages and supports her students in making their dreams of wood come true! She also gives an insight into her creative work by writing for technical publications.
Workshops with Melanie Kirchlechner
Designer, lecturer and one of the principle proponents of freestyle design in Slovakia, Michal Hanula graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Technical University in Kosice. Since 2005 he has worked as a lecturer at the School of Applied Arts in Ruzomberok. Using traditional crafting techniques, Michal is known for his work with wood, but his creations also use recycled materials, wire, horn and plastics.
Workshops with Michal Hanula
A wood artist working and living in the French Alps. He is worldwide known for his sandblasted and unique pieces, creating a real lace out of wood which emphasizes all the history of the tree he is working with. His pieces are present in permanent collections of Ateliers d'Art de France, the American Association of Woodturners and the New York Museum of Art and Design.
Workshops with Pascal Oudet
For over 25 years, artistic turner and designer Peter Hromek has focused on his own designs, which he showcases with great success throughout Europe and North America. As winner of numerous design competitions, he regularly exhibits his work in art exhibitions, forums and galleries in the US, Canada, Austria and Germany. Peters speciality is multiaxis turning to make elegant wooden vessels. He is a member of the international artists group Vessels.
Workshops with Peter Hromek
While studying ethnology, the qualified cabinetmaker already worked as a set builder at the Munich TV studios. He was working as a freelance art carpenter in the Munich Gewerkehalle. For several years, he has worked as a consultant for DICTUM in courses dealing with Japanese wood joints.
Workshops with Peter Lanz
With more than 3000 participants in his courses on log building, Ralph Pfersich is one of our most experienced seminar instructors. Even when he is not teaching, he dedicates most of his time to the construction of log cabins. He has already directed the construction of several single-family houses, hunting lodges, carports, office buildings and other largescale projects worldwide. He loves passing on his comprehensive skills and knowledge to the participants of his courses.
Workshops with Ralph Pfersich
Back in 1992, cabinet maker and social education worker Roland Heilmann set up the kurs.werkstatt course workshop in Munich and has since passed on his knowledge to interested students in numerous courses. As an author he has published tool-related articles and guides to building furniture in a variety of specialist magazines. At Dictum he leads courses, including those focusing on power tools.
Workshops with Roland Heilmann
Subsequent to his qualification as a turner at Berufsfachschule für das Holz und Elfenbein verarbeitende Handwerk (qualification college for wood and ivory handicrafts) in Michelstadt, Sebastian Mak completed a training as a wickerwork designer at Berufsfachschule für Flechtwerkgestaltung (qualification college for wickerwork) in Lichtenfels. Afterwards, he went to Nature and Wilderness School for Traditional Boat Building and Wickerwork in Norway. In Switzerland, he took care of mentally disabled persons, instructing them to realize wickerwork projects. Since 2011, he has been working as a self-employed wickerwork designer and turner.
Workshops with Sebastian Mak
Already during his teacher training, Theo looked for a way to pursue his penchant for natural materials. In training to become a cooper, he found his calling. Departing from the norm, he has been running a coopers and joiners workshop for nearly 25 years, where he makes solid wood furniture to his own designs.
Workshops with Theo Rothkegel
Chef and master hotelier Thomas Gstettenbauer is passionate about venison and knows game anatomy inside out. As a keen hunter, he maintains the largest deer reserve in the Bavarian Forest nature park with more than 200 animals. With his family, he runs a multiple-award winning deer farm in Bernried, Bavaria.
Workshops with Thomas Gstettenbauer
The creative master cabinetmaker is especially interested in a natural processing of beautiful wood material. Various further trainings help him to permanently develop and expand his art and handicraft repertoire. He has a passion for constructing traditional longbows and artistic woodturning in various ways, especially using green wood.
Workshops with Thomas Steindl
Tom Fidgen is an author, musician, designer living in Toronto, Canada. Tom has written for Popular Woodworking Magazine, Fine Woodworking Magazine, Canadian Woodworking Magazine. His first book, Made by Hand, was the top selling wood working book and is regarded as The definitive book of how to build woodworking projects using hand tools. Tom teaches woodworking with hand tools on an international level.
Workshops with Tom Fidgen
The qualified smith, metal worker, master designer and specialist teacher pursues his passion for hand forging at the vocational school at Michelstadt both in his private and professional life. He has set up a perfectly equipped smithy in his home. He passes on his know-how on the processing of red-hot steel to interested participants. Thus he preserves the old craftsmanship from being forgotten.
Workshops with Ulrich Blaut
Ulrike Scriba was raised in a family of artisans and then attended the school for arts and crafts Werkkunstschule Darmstadt. After several restoration projects, among them at the palace of the Würzburg Residence, she discovered her love for the art of intarsia. Her artistically sophisticated objects, tins, caskets and trays meet acclaim in museums and galleries all over the world.
Workshops with Ulrike Scriba
In a time when there were still many smaller breweries in Lower Bavaria the trade of coopers was very much sought after and important. Today, Werner Haböck from Obergessenbach is the last cooper in the district of Deggendorf. Being a former German champion in his trade, the likeable gentleman from Lower Bavaria is a very popular specialist for handmade barrels, tubs and wooden bath tubs.
Workshops with Werner Haböck
Wolfgang Messert is a member of the DICTUM Workshop staff and loves sharing his enthusiasm for cabinet making with the participants of our courses. He is particularly interested in the field of sharpening tools and knives and therefore also teaches this topic in various courses. In his free time he also pursues his passion for cabinetmaking, for example by making very beautiful intarsia work.
Workshops with Wolfgang Messert
Ever since she was a child, Zara Valentis favourite place has been the kitchen. The qualified chef, renowned culinary artist, photographer and painter does not only prepare meals in the kitchen – she conjures them up! While searching for the absolute taste, she creates delicious meals that fascinate everybody and seems to talk about her many culinary secrets in passing.
Workshops with Zara Valenti