Did you learn from a master?
During the summer holidays I completed several practical training programmes, mostly with weapon manufacturers, where I was allowed to help the master engravers. After completing school, I accepted a job in France making handmade prototypes for brass costume jewellery.
Were you influenced by anyone in particular?
When I was working in France, an elderly man who was an engraver invited me to visit his studio. His work was very impressive and only later did I learn that he was a famous engraver in this region. He was very modest, though a great engraver, and that really impressed me.
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What is your speciality?
My engravings are purely handmade. I do not use machines, neither with electricity nor with compressed air. I use a hammer and a chisel or a burin. I make ornamental decorations with writing and realistic representations of animals.
What inspires your work?
I am inspired by nature, animals and plants, but also by my work and assignments of the past. Everything I have ever encountered and experienced inspires me, in fact. Engraving is subject to certain traditions, but I like to transform them and create something completely new.