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Our workshop instructors

Pauline Adler

Pauline Adler

Graduate of the Vocational School for Flower Arts in Weihenstephan, Germany, environment educationalist and self-employed with studio in Regensburg, Germany. Inspired by her artistic vision and knowledge of natural materials, Pauline loves to combine different materials, attaching particluar importance to structure, shape, three-dimensionality, movement, changeability, impermanence and considering materials that are in plentiful supply.

Workshops with Pauline Adler


Nick Agar

Nick Agar

English woodturning artist Nick Agar has a lot to share, thanks to his 23 years' experience as an artist, teacher and demonstrator all over the world. Inspired by organic forms and pottery, he specialises in hollow forms, large-diameter work and surface enhancement. His award-winning work often incorporates carving and weaving.

Workshops with Nick Agar


Sabrina dAgliano

Sabrina dAgliano

Sabrina studied painting, metalworking and printing techniques and has spent various study periods in Asia and Europe. She now lives in Cologne, where she works as a freelance sculptor, painter and jewellery designer and teaches product design (jewellery) at the Academy of Design. Sabrina lived in Southeast Asia for many years and combines her artistic work with Eastern philosophy.

Workshops with Sabrina dAgliano


Gotthard Ambros

Gotthard Ambros

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


Boris Bonadies

Boris Bonadies

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 knowledge by lecturing at several Italian schools. He is an employee of the DICTUM team in Munich.

Workshops with Boris Bonadies


Fabian Bumeder

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. As employee in the DICTUM shop in Munich he regularly acts as the representative of the workshop in Munich.

Workshops with Fabian Bumeder


Reinhart Beck

Reinhart Beck

Qualified sculptor, turner and joiner, Reinhart Beck is a devotee of nature and the raw material wood. He is one of the last remaining craftsmen who still practises filigree turning professionally. A passionate mountain and ski guide, Reinharts work has been reported on in numerous magazines and TV shows. He specialises in artistic ball-in-ball woodturning.

Workshops with Reinhart Beck


Charles Beresford

Charles Beresford

He was born in Kenya, trained in South Africa and California, for example by James Krenov. After working as a workshop supervisor in an ecologically-oriented training centre in England, Charles Beresford settled in the German Allgaeu region with his family, where he manufactures unique pieces of furniture with perfect craftsmanship in his own workshop.

Workshops with Charles Beresford


Ulrich Blaut

Ulrich Blaut

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


Ed Bryant

Ed Bryant

Ed Bryant belongs to the indigenous people of the Tsimshian and grew up in a small fishing village at the Canadian west coast, where he was taught the special carving techniques of this tribe. Today, his mythological sculptures are among the most outstanding samples of contemporary Indian art.

Workshops with Ed Bryant


Arno Buck

Arno Buck

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


Jimmy Clewes

Jimmy Clewes

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


Tom Fidgen

Tom Fidgen

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


Wolfgang Frey

Wolfgang Frey

At the latest since he was runner-up in the WorldSkills Competition in Seoul 2001, this talented young cabinetmaker from Geisenhausen, Germany, is no longer unknown - at least in specialist circles. Since then, Wolfgang has become a master craftsman and enthusiastic furniture maker. In building the design chair, he also proves his creative skills.

Workshops with Wolfgang Frey


Matthias Freymadl

Matthias Freymadl

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


Günther Friese

Günther Friese

The aim of the enthusiastic wood turner, 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


Thomas Gindhart

Thomas Gindhart

He is a self-employed master carpenter and certified restorer in carpentry. Since he was a trainee, he attends himself to the restoration of buildings which are listed for preservation, of rustic interiors with hand hewn beams as well as to moon phased harvesting of his own timber. He supports museum villages and societies, where he presents ancient craft techniques, e.g. the hewing of beams, the sawing of planks and the manufacturing of bored log pipes (wooden water pipes).

Workshops with Thomas Gindhart


Jürgen Graßler

Jürgen Graßler

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


Thomas Gstettenbauer

Thomas Gstettenbauer

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


Werner Haböck

Werner Haböck

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 hand-made barrels, tubs and wooden bath tubs.

Workshops with Werner Haböck


Garrett Hack

Garrett Hack

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


Michal Hanula

Michal Hanula

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


Christoph Hauser

Christoph Hauser

Christoph was so passionate about cooking that he decided even before completing his teacher training that he wanted to train as a chef. He has now been working as an independent chef and caterer. He greatly values individual consultation and the use of high-quality regional products.

Workshops with Christoph Hauser


Roland Heilmann

Roland Heilmann

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


Alexander Hintersberger

Alexander Hintersberger

Since qualifying as a master sculptor and going on to study sculpture at university, Alexander Hintersberger has been working in a freelance capacity. Numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad bear witness to his artistic skill. With his encyclopaedic tool expertise, Alexanders tips and tricks on choosing and handling tools are much in demand.

Workshops with Alexander Hintersberger


Peter Hromek

Peter Hromek

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


Derek Jones

Derek Jones

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


Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson was born in Leeds, England in 1956. After his MA in Fine Art at the Slade School of Art, (London), where he specialised in creating sound sculptures and performance art, he began to teach folding techniques in many Colleges of Art & Design. He is the author of almost 30 books on a diversity of paper craft and paper art topics. He returned to college to study a BA Hons in Packaging Design at Cranfield University, graduating in 1999 with First Class honours. In 2000 he married an Israeli paper artist and educator and relocated to Tel Aviv. Paul and his wife Miri have developed 'Origametria', a program for teaching geometry by folding paper.

Workshops with Paul Jackson


Peter Keitz

Peter Keitz

When he began training as a bookbinder in the early '90s, Peter knew he wanted to work with the material paper. In 1998 he qualified as a master bookbinder and went on to run a classic bookbinding business for a number of years. During this time he consistently designed objects combined with materials such as aluminium or plexiglass. In 2010 he joined the German Meteorological Library, where he works as a bookbinder and librarian and is responsible for preserving the inventory.

Workshops with Peter Keitz


Andreas Kessel

Andreas Kessel

His greatest passion is music. However, the autodidactic sound-object builder does not only master various musical instruments, but also works brilliantly with saws, chisels and planes in order to build his self-designed musical instruments. Inspired by the sounds of West Africa, the musician from Regensburg has been giving courses on the construction of string and drum instruments, didgeridoos, sound sculptures and wooden natural instruments.

Workshops with Andreas Kessel


Manuela Keßler

Manuela Keßler

Paper, leather, parchment: These materials have been part of master bookbinder Manuela's everyday life for years. Already in her early childhood she developed her artistic skills and passion for crafts. Today she works in the restoration workshop of the university library in Frankfurt, Germany.

Workshops with Manuela Keßler


Melanie Kirchlechner

Melanie Kirchlechner

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


Heinrich Koch

Heinrich Koch

He 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


Heinrich Köllner-Dives

Heinrich Köllner-Dives

For more than 20 years, Heinrich Köllner-Dives has been looking for special sounds and new sound worlds. He expresses this enthusiasm for new discoveries in the construction of his precise and beautifully designed English flutes, which he manufactures in his workshop in the former train station of Ludwigsthal in the Bavarian Forest. These flutes are acknowledged by virtuosos all over the world.

Workshops with Heinrich Köllner-Dives


Kirstin Lang

Kirstin Lang

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


Peter Lanz

Peter Lanz

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 mainly at schools and in courses dealing with Japanese wood joints.

Workshops with Peter Lanz


Yana Lefler

Yana Lefler

Having grown up in a village in Siberia in a family of joiners, its obvious where Yana Lefler inherited her passion for wood. Now living in Germany, she found a way to combine her heritage with her lifelong interest in culture and history. Yana learned the joinery trade and, together with her husband, set up a birch-leather project. Having learned the craft and taught herself the ancient art of birch-leather processing, her desire is to get people excited about birch bark as a material, which is still used and loved in Russia today.

Workshops with Yana Lefler


Matthias Lehr

Matthias Lehr

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


Konrad von Liebieg

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


Thomas Lie-Nielsen

Thomas Lie-Nielsen

Known to woodworkers the world over for manufacturing the finest planes, Thomas Lie-Nielsen has been selling more than just planes since 1981. The self-taught woodworker is an expert in all metalworking and woodworking techniques. He wrote Tauntons Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening, is a plane-tuning specialist and shares his knowledge in numerous courses world-wide.

Workshops with Thomas Lie-Nielsen


John Lloyd

John Lloyd

For twenty years, John has specialised in restoring antique furniture in Sussex, England, working for numerous private customers as well as Sothebys, Christies and St Pauls Cathedral. He shares his profound knowledge in courses and as an author of Woodworking Magazine. His book Furniture Restoration: A Professional at Work offers a collection of his articles, which are highly regarded in specialist circles.

Workshops with John Lloyd


Franz Luger

Franz Luger

This Austrian's enthusiasm for masks made of wood began in his childhood. Since his early youth, he has carved masks, soon founding his own Perchten group to preserve the old customs. Since his training as a professional sculptor, he has devoted himself full-time to carving masks, figures, reliefs, etc. In addition, he has completed many training courses in the field of mask painting, figure designing and gilding.

Workshops with Franz Luger


Marlis Maehrle

Marlis Maehrle

is a freelance book designer for publishers and has a papercraft and book-art workshop. She has worked around the world since 1995 and in 2009 was artist-in-residence on the Mino Paper Art Village Project, Japan. Her book Papier-Atelier was published in spring 2014. Marlis specialises in more adventurous and sensual paper creations and is particularly fond of the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, also incorporating techniques from the related materials wood and textiles.

Workshops with Marlis Maehrle


Ernst Maier

Ernst Maier

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


Sebastian Mak

Sebastian Mak

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


Mary May

Mary May

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


Tim Mergelsberg

Tim Mergelsberg

When he went to Siberia in 2003 to run a wood workshop for people with disabilities, cultural-industries specialist Tim Mergelsberg never expected to come across such a fascinating material as birch bark. Full of inspiration, he set up a production operation for birch-bark products for the disabled project. Since then, Tim has travelled regularly to Siberia to learn ancient secrets about birch bark from the local population and to develop new products.

Workshops with Tim Mergelsberg


Wolfgang Messert

Wolfgang Messert

Wolfgang Messert is a member of the DICTUM Workshop staff and loves sharing his enthusiasm for cabinetmaking 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


Sven Moussong

Sven Moussong

Following a stint working for the famous German puppet theatre Augsburger Puppenkiste and academic studies, he founded the Moussong Theater mit Figuren with his wife in 1991 and has headed it ever since. He is a professional puppeteer, stage and puppet designer and also writes plays. The Moussong productions use different types of figures such as marionettes, stick and hand puppets and many others. The theatre was awarded the art prize of the district of Augsburg for its exploration of the forms of puppet theatre with its own artistic style.

Workshops with Sven Moussong


Rod Nelson

Rod Nelson

This Englishman studied architecture and worked for many years as a carpenter and joiner. Inspired by an old printing press belonging to his father, he began his first experiences with woodcutting. Today he is a lecturer at West Dean College in England and gives courses in woodcutting for numerous educational institutions in England and Holland. He participates with his works in numerous exhibitions in England and Switzerland. Together with a colleague, he designs public works projects, such as Murale, for his home country and abroad. He is co-author of a reference book and writes technical articles for various magazines.

Workshops with Rod Nelson


Bernhard Nepelius

Bernhard Nepelius

A trained lithographer, his lifelong passion is the exploration of possibilities, which manifests itself in his professional processing of wood. The objects he turns are made primarily of wood from native species, which he artfully transforms into hollow shapes, bowls, vases, boxes, or tops. Particular attention is paid to the treatment of surfaces with oils and waxes.

Workshops with Bernhard Nepelius


Christian Neuberger

Christian Neuberger

He has worked with wood since his youth. In his earlier career as a gardener he was fascinated with trunks and branches and their sometimes bizarre forms. He loathed to simply throw away the sinuous branches and so started to build furniture with them. When he settled in lower Austria he discovered his love for vines and since then builds unusual furniture using vines and barrel staves. He uses the natural form of the wood and creates pieces of furniture, each of which is one of a kind.

Workshops with Christian Neuberger


Josef Novák

Josef Novák

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 Josef Novák


Pascal Oudet

Pascal Oudet

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's 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. In 2012, he obtained the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris, and in 2014 the visitors choice award in the Festival International des Métiers d'Art de Baccarat.

Workshops with Pascal Oudet


Mathieu Peeters

Mathieu Peeters

Inspired by woodworking from childhood. As a restorer, Mathieu Peeters worked in California in one of the leading building companies for Japanese architecture. There, under the tutelage of some of the most talented and experienced craftsmen, he learnt the techniques of Japanese carpentry craftsmanship. Today he runs his own company in Belgium. Mathieu ist a passionate craftsman who passes on his knowledge to students in numerous seminars.

Workshops with Mathieu Peeters


Heiko Pulcher

Heiko Pulcher

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


Ralph Pfersich

Ralph Pfersich

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


Herbert Ritter

Herbert Ritter

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


Jürgen Rosinski

Jürgen Rosinski

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


Franz Roth

Franz Roth

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


Theo Rothkegel

Theo Rothkegel

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


Annekatrine Schmidt

Annekatrine Schmidt

Having obtained her apprenticeship diploma in cabinetmaking from the Technical University of Hanover, Germany Annekatrine 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 Annekatrine Schmidt


Hauke Schmidt

Hauke Schmidt

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


Ernst Schoiswohl

Ernst Schoiswohl

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


Christopher Schwarz

Christopher Schwarz

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


Ulrike Scriba

Ulrike Scriba

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


Kanjuro Shibata XXI

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


Kurt Stangl

Kurt Stangl

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


Thomas Steindl

Thomas Steindl

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


Jörg Steinhauer

Jörg Steinhauer

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


Wladimir Stoljarov

Wladimir Stoljarov

Wladimir Stoljarov -With his fascination for birch-bark culture and interest in his roots, Wladimir, along with his wife, has devoted himself to the subject of birch bark. For almost ten years he has been broadening his knowledge and experience of working with the material in combination with solid wood. With his work he hopes to help ensure that this craft, which is steeped in tradition and still survives in parts of northern and eastern Europe, does not die out and becomes more familiar in western Europe.

Workshops with Wladimir Stoljarov


Stefan Szekessy

Stefan Szekessy

Being a Habermann student, Stefan Szekessy is fully specializing in forging tools. In his smithy in Munich he manufactures blacksmiths tongs, hammers, adzes or axes using car springs and axles. With his courses offered in his smithy he makes an important contribution to the preservation of these old techniques and probably also helps to develop new forging techniques.

Workshops with Stefan Szekessy


Zara Valenti

Zara Valenti

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


Michael Werner

Michael Werner

has been living in the USA since 1985 and discovered his passion for woodturning while training as a mechanical fitter in his native Switzerland. There he learnt the importance of precision, which is echoed in all his work. Today he belongs to the world elite of turners and teaches at his local high school. Michael exhibits his work at various craft shows, including the Smithsonian Craft Show, American Craft Council and various national and international symposia.

Workshops with Michael Werner


Johann Wimmer

Johann Wimmer

Trained carpenter, passionate woodturner and knife maker Johann Wimmer has been practising all kinds of turning work for more than 20 years and runs his own artistic turnery in Upper Bavaria. As well as common turned objects, he focuses on making wooden ice stocks for Bavarian curling. A calm and patient teacher, Johann enjoys sharing the profound knowledge he has acquired.

Workshops with Johann Wimmer


Gerhard Winter

Gerhard Winter

An avid turner for more than 20 years and a member of the Drechselfreunde Franken (Frankish Turning Friends). During his many years of experience with turning, he has turned through many techniques and accumulated a broad knowledge base. He shares his passion at Drechselfreunde demonstrations and exhibitions which he helps organise.

Workshops with Gerhard Winter


Guenther Wriessnig

Guenther Wriessnig

A master of metal design, Günther specialises in making customised jewellery and is passionate about the aesthetics and stylistic elements of Art Nouveau and symbolism. In his company "La Gravure" in Graz, Austria he practises all facets of this craft: engravings, scrimshaw, coats of arms, seals, monograms, scripts, and engraving jewellery, glass and stone.

Workshops with Guenther Wriessnig


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