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Tischlerhof

Farm Handcrafts im Ahrntal

Fam. Stefan Innerbichler
Spitzler 11
39030 Ahrntal / St. Jakob
Ahrntal / St. Jakob
Product range:
  • vases and dishes
  • plates and bowls
  • wooden fruit
  • special designs

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Description

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.

Farm Handcrafts

“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.

Processing methods: wood

He cannot start until the blank is firmly clamped onto the turning lathe. As it turns at a fast pace, Stefan Hochkofler gets to work with the chisel in a highly focussed manner. In no time, wood shavings are flying about: the window sill, lathe, floor and the wood turner himself all get covered from head to toe. The young farmer employs an unusual technique involving hollowing out the wood with a special tool, a ‘Hakendreher’, or ‘hook driver’, instead of a steel rod. “Hook drivers can be up to 1.3 metres long and are slightly bent at the end. I forge the iron myself”, explains the multi-talented farmer proudly. He is convinced of the value of good, solid handiwork.

Hook driving is an old turning technique, which is very effective for hollowing out wood, but a difficult one to master. It takes a lot of strength, skill and flair. Pressure from the metal chisel gradually loosens the wood shavings from the wood, making the wood more and more delicate with each turn, until it takes on the shape of a pretty dish. He doesn’t need a tape measure for this work. “I can simply tell how much wood has to be hollowed out. The knack is in knowing when to stop,” the farmer explains. Elegant dishes and vases are his speciality. He enjoys taking on special jobs. “There are often personal memories attached to a tree or a piece of wood. Anyone wishing to have something special made is welcome to come to me”.

Processing methods: wood

He cannot start until the blank is firmly clamped onto the turning lathe. As it turns at a fast pace, Stefan Hochkofler gets to work with the chisel in a highly focussed manner. In no time, wood shavings are flying about: the window sill, lathe, floor and the wood turner himself all get covered from head to toe. The young farmer employs an unusual technique involving hollowing out the wood with a special tool, a ‘Hakendreher’, or ‘hook driver’, instead of a steel rod. “Hook drivers can be up to 1.3 metres long and are slightly bent at the end. I forge the iron myself”, explains the multi-talented farmer proudly. He is convinced of the value of good, solid handiwork.



Hook driving is an old turning technique, which is very effective for hollowing out wood, but a difficult one to master. It takes a lot of strength, skill and flair. Pressure from the metal chisel gradually loosens the wood shavings from the wood, making the wood more and more delicate with each turn, until it takes on the shape of a pretty dish. He doesn’t need a tape measure for this work. “I can simply tell how much wood has to be hollowed out. The knack is in knowing when to stop,” the farmer explains. Elegant dishes and vases are his speciality. He enjoys taking on special jobs. “There are often personal memories attached to a tree or a piece of wood. Anyone wishing to have something special made is welcome to come to me”.

Processing methods: wood

He cannot start until the blank is firmly clamped onto the turning lathe. As it turns at a fast pace, Stefan Hochkofler gets to work with the chisel in a highly focussed manner. In no time, wood shavings are flying about: the window sill, lathe, floor and the wood turner himself all get covered from head to toe. The young farmer employs an unusual technique involving hollowing out the wood with a special tool, a ‘Hakendreher’, or ‘hook driver’, instead of a steel rod. “Hook drivers can be up to 1.3 metres long and are slightly bent at the end. I forge the iron myself”, explains the multi-talented farmer proudly. He is convinced of the value of good, solid handiwork.





Hook driving is an old turning technique, which is very effective for hollowing out wood, but a difficult one to master. It takes a lot of strength, skill and flair. Pressure from the metal chisel gradually loosens the wood shavings from the wood, making the wood more and more delicate with each turn, until it takes on the shape of a pretty dish. He doesn’t need a tape measure for this work. “I can simply tell how much wood has to be hollowed out. The knack is in knowing when to stop,” the farmer explains. Elegant dishes and vases are his speciality. He enjoys taking on special jobs. “There are often personal memories attached to a tree or a piece of wood. Anyone wishing to have something special made is welcome to come to me”.

Arrival

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.

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