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Kaspar Hamacher

Kaspar Hamacher Wood sculptor
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The call of the wild

  • • Kaspar uses only native wood from the forest
  • • He trained in the workshop of cabinetmaker Casimir
  • • He is a regular at the Salone del Mobile in Milan

Wood and fire: two natural elements that are antithetical, the latter causing the irreparable destruction of the former. Yet Kaspar Hamacher, a young wood sculptor and designer living on the edge of the forest of the High Fens natural reserve, has learned to tame fire and use it to create objects from wood. The forest is where he grew up, and to where he returned after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Maastricht and living in Brussels for a few years. “The city really wasn't my place. I missed the woods,” he says. Today, Kaspar likes to use fire to experiment with charring techniques, but he also specialises in more traditional carpentry techniques, including chainsaw work and chiselling.

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Works

  • © Atelier Kaspar Hamacher
  • © Atelier Kaspar Hamacher
  • © Atelier Kaspar Hamacher
  • © Atelier Kaspar Hamacher
  • © Jules Lobgeois
Photo: © Atelier Kaspar Hamacher
Black Chair

This black, charred oak chair was crafted in the week following the fire in Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. Kaspar enjoys pushing the boundaries of his medium. He does so by burning the wood, but also by cutting and shaping it in many ways.

Length 45 cm
Width 45 cm
Height 80 cm

Kaspar Hamacher Wood sculptor
Photo: © Atelier Kaspar Hamacher
Black Bench Facet

Kaspar carved this charred black bench from a single piece of oak. His intention was to create a practical form that can be touched and used, aiming to revive the declining relationship between people and natural materials.

Kaspar Hamacher Wood sculptor
Photo: © Atelier Kaspar Hamacher
Die Baumbank (High Desk)

The desk was carved from a single piece of beechwood, hand-cut, charred black and finished by polishing. Kaspar wants to make pieces that can be used and that encourage the user to interact with the medium, in the hope of reviving the declining relationship between people and natural materials.

Kaspar Hamacher Wood sculptor
Photo: © Atelier Kaspar Hamacher
Ausgebrannt (Burned Out)

The interior of these tables has been charred black to create the legs and hollow space from a single piece of wood. Kaspar enjoys exploring the possibilities and limitations of wood, not only by burning it, but also using varied methods of shaping the logs into their final form.

Kaspar Hamacher Wood sculptor
Photo: © Jules Lobgeois
Der Stein (The Stone)

Der Stein was carved from a single piece of oak using manual tools, and the final form was waxed and polished. Kaspar wants his creations to be touched and used, hoping the users will gain a deep connection to the core material, a connection that is increasingly unfamiliar in our contemporary society.

Kaspar Hamacher Wood sculptor

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