Farm Handcrafts im Ahrntal
Fam. Stefan Innerbichler
39030 Ahrntal / St. JakobAhrntal / St. Jakob
- vases and dishes
- plates and bowls
- wooden fruit
- special designs
Tischlerhof farm enjoys listed building status at an altitude of 1,160m in the village of St. Jakob in Ahrntal valley. The village is well known for being home to an unusually shaped hill, or ‘Bühel’, which has the church of St. Jakobus perched on top of it. For a long time this hill was the site of St. Jakob’s wood carving school, which arose out of the former popular tradition of mask carving in Ahrntal valley. Stefan Innerbichler was a pupil at this school and today he manages the farm’s 55 cattle, own mountain pasture and forest together with his family. The young farmer has set up a workshop at Tischlerhof featuring an old wooden lathe, where he really feels in his element.
“Working with wood by hand has always been part of my life“, declares the trained wood carver. He still enjoys wood carving, but is particularly taken with wood turning. With a precise sense of proportion, Stefan Innerbichler turns vases and dishes from local wood. “Each type of wood behaves differently when turned”, he states, looking at his timber stocks in the barn. His favourite wood is the Ahrntal larch because of its strong texture. However, it is difficult to turn as it is a brittle wood and needs a lot of sanding, he explains. He also collects wood from spruce and ash trees, usually with bark on it. “Ash is best for special items”, emphasises Innerbichler.
Coming from Bruneck, take the Prettau direction. 400m after the sign to St. Jakob, turn left and go past the church. Tischlerhof farm is on the right-hand side after 500m.