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Oberplattner-Hof

Farm Handcrafts in Brixen

Fam. Philipp Sagmeister
Mellaun 176
39042 Brixen / St. Andrä
Brixen / St. Andrä
Product range:
  • wooden bowls and plates
  • wooden balls
  • wooden fruit
  • wooden toys
  • one-off products

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Description

Oberplattner Hof farm is situated at about 1,000 metres above sea level amidst meadows and woodland in the village of Mellaun above the episcopal town of Brixen. On this family-friendly farm, which also hosts holiday guests, there are cows, hens and lots of animals to stroke and pet. Nearly all the wooden objects in the house have been fashioned by the farmer himself, Philipp Sagmeister, in his workshop. He also collects old objects that provide insight into everyday rural life of times gone by with similar enthusiasm.

Farm Handcrafts

The skilled hands of Philipp Sagmeister have a few stories to tell. He has tried out a number of things over the course of the past 30 years since he began wood turning as a boy of 14. “Often, something may look simple, but there’s a lot of work behind it”, explains the trained carpenter. This becomes especially clear when it comes to the technique of thread turning, which allows him to create some very intricate items. Working at the wood lathe, the most important tool in Sagmeister’s workshop, requires the maximum precision and a steady hand. “Lots of ideas come to me when I’m working”, reports the artistic wood turner. His goal is to bring out the natural beauty of raw wood.

Processing methods: wood

He knows how to put the living material wood and its properties to optimal use, as not every type of wood is suitable for turning. He particularly enjoys working with sweet-smelling arolla pine, apple and cherry tree wood. The latter two may also be used for wet wood turning. After drying, the pieces take on interesting shapes and unusual cracks and fissures form in the wood. “Wood is in motion, and this is what gives it such character”, he stresses. “By and by, it can be nice when things don’t stay too linear”. Beautifully shaped utensils such as wooden bowls and plates belong to the wide range of products from the wood turning workshop at Oberplattnerhof, as well as artistic decorative items.

The farmer also needs his steady hand for poker work. He is particularly keen on this ancient folk craft of designing and decorating wood with woodburning pens. He skillfully composes motifs using a hot burning nib to make individual strokes and points. He may not use too heavy or too light a hand when drawing on the wood with the pens. As with wood turning, not every type of wood is suitable for poker work. Wood burning turns out particularly well on light, soft wood. “It is a piece of old farm tradition”, explains the self-taught pyrographer, “and is used today to create presents with that personal touch”. Stroke for stroke and point for point and with a great deal of patience, lasting memories are made in wood.

Processing methods: wood

He knows how to put the living material wood and its properties to optimal use, as not every type of wood is suitable for turning. He particularly enjoys working with sweet-smelling arolla pine, apple and cherry tree wood. The latter two may also be used for wet wood turning. After drying, the pieces take on interesting shapes and unusual cracks and fissures form in the wood. “Wood is in motion, and this is what gives it such character”, he stresses. “By and by, it can be nice when things don’t stay too linear”. Beautifully shaped utensils such as wooden bowls and plates belong to the wide range of products from the wood turning workshop at Oberplattnerhof, as well as artistic decorative items.



The farmer also needs his steady hand for poker work. He is particularly keen on this ancient folk craft of designing and decorating wood with woodburning pens. He skillfully composes motifs using a hot burning nib to make individual strokes and points. He may not use too heavy or too light a hand when drawing on the wood with the pens. As with wood turning, not every type of wood is suitable for poker work. Wood burning turns out particularly well on light, soft wood. “It is a piece of old farm tradition”, explains the self-taught pyrographer, “and is used today to create presents with that personal touch”. Stroke for stroke and point for point and with a great deal of patience, lasting memories are made in wood.

Processing methods: wood

He knows how to put the living material wood and its properties to optimal use, as not every type of wood is suitable for turning. He particularly enjoys working with sweet-smelling arolla pine, apple and cherry tree wood. The latter two may also be used for wet wood turning. After drying, the pieces take on interesting shapes and unusual cracks and fissures form in the wood. “Wood is in motion, and this is what gives it such character”, he stresses. “By and by, it can be nice when things don’t stay too linear”. Beautifully shaped utensils such as wooden bowls and plates belong to the wide range of products from the wood turning workshop at Oberplattnerhof, as well as artistic decorative items.





The farmer also needs his steady hand for poker work. He is particularly keen on this ancient folk craft of designing and decorating wood with woodburning pens. He skillfully composes motifs using a hot burning nib to make individual strokes and points. He may not use too heavy or too light a hand when drawing on the wood with the pens. As with wood turning, not every type of wood is suitable for poker work. Wood burning turns out particularly well on light, soft wood. “It is a piece of old farm tradition”, explains the self-taught pyrographer, “and is used today to create presents with that personal touch”. Stroke for stroke and point for point and with a great deal of patience, lasting memories are made in wood.

Arrival

Coming from Brixen, follow signs to ‘Skigebiet Plose‘ and continue in this direction for about five kilometres past Klerant until you get to Mellaun. Turn left here and carry on up the hill for about 1.4 km until a little road turns off to the right in a left-hand bend (signs to ‘Oberplattner’), taking you to the farm.

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