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Horst Kontak

Horst Kontak Woodturner
Contact
German, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+49 3395303154
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Engineering beautiful woodwork

  • • Horst was inspired by master wood sculptor Lüder Baier
  • • Each of Horst's objects is deeply connected to nature
  • • He always wears genuine Dutch clogs in his workshop

As a boy, Horst Kontak was fascinated by timber. His grandfather introduced him to the details, colours, warmth and feel of a piece of wood. After training as mechanical engineer, Horst had a life-changing experience in 1985, when he held a wooden bowl made by Lüder Baier in his hands. Horst describes that moment as a visual sensation – with an actual impact: a year later, he made a woodturning lathe out of an old car engine and started to produce his first small vessels. However it wasn't until many years later that Horst bought a professional lathe and opened his own workshop, in 2009. He had remained in contact with Lüder Baier, who became his mentor, encouraging him to find his own individual style.

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Works

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Holzdosen (von Links)

Parts of the Holzdose series, these three containers were handcrafted by Horst using untreated ash wood. They come in three different shapes, one with a centre pin, one with a hole and one with a simply designed, plain, circular shape.

Height 11.5 cm
Diameter 9.5 cm
Height 5 cm
Diameter 10
Height 5.3 cm
Diameter 12 cm

Horst Kontak Woodturner
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Holzdose

Part of the Holzdose series, this wooden box was turned on the lathe from untreated chestnut wood. The added branch was found by Horst while walking, scissors in hands, in an olive tree plantation in Tuscany. His objects focus on simplicity, balance and interaction between natural textures, form and volume.

Height 17.4 cm
Diameter 8.5 cm

Horst Kontak Woodturner
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Holzdose II

Part of the Holzdose series, this round, simple container was hand turned on a lathe from walnut wood. Focusing on simplicity, Horst finished the piece by treating the wood with Japanese camellia oil, giving it a soft and elegant sheen.

Height 9 cm
Diameter 8.5 cm

Horst Kontak Woodturner
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Holzdose III

Part of the Holzdose series, this wooden box was turned on the lathe from untreated basswood. Horst played with natural textures by adding a leaf, an organic element he found in nature. His objects focus on simplicity, balance and interaction between texture, form and volume.

Height 8.5 cm
Diameter 11.5 cm

Horst Kontak Woodturner
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Holzdose IV

Part of the Holzdose series, this container was turned on the lathe from untreated chestnut wood. The lid has a thin handle that curves upwards. Horst’s objects focus on simplicity, balance and interaction between texture, form and volume.

Height 9.5 cm
Diameter 11.5 cm

Horst Kontak Woodturner

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