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Stefan Behr

Stefan Behr Woodturner
Contact
German, English
Hours:
By appointment only
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A game of tools

  • • Stefan makes his own tools and repairs old machines
  • • He creates bowls, vessels, sculptures and wall pieces
  • • He uses power carving tools to create patterns

When Stefan Behr was playing at the junk pile in his grandfather's backyard it was curiosity that drove him, equipped with tools “I would just tear things apart and take a look inside". This fascination later on led to an apprenticeship as machinist, allowing him to acquire a variety of skills in working with metal. After his apprenticeship he joined the workshop of a cabinet maker before following studies in English and Geography. While studying “I found an old lathe my uncle had bought for my other grandfather, he never used it. 20 years later I did, it was my first machine, and I started to learn woodturning in my parents' garage.” Under the guidance of Heinz Wiedemann and the influence of Lüder Baier, Stefan continued his education and developed his personal style utilising his abilities to build and repair old tools and machines.

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Works

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11/2017 & 12/2017

These wooden bowls made from sweet chestnut move at the smallest of touches. By using carved or painted lines Stefan Behr highlights the form of the bowl and directs our attention towards their centre. The movement of the pieces also draws attention to the centre. To create contrasts, Stefan often uses a rough and chaotic look on the outside and sands the inside to a smooth finish. 11/2017 (left) is carved and painted. 12/2017 (right) is carved and fumed with ammonia.

Diameter 20 cm

Stefan Behr Woodturner
Photo: ©Stefan Behr
10/2018

This wall sculpture is made from a reclaimed oak wine barrel. The piece is turned on a lathe, carved, dyed and finished with a light coat of a matt acrylic finish.

Width 4 cm
Diameter 60 cm

Stefan Behr Woodturner
Photo: ©Stefan Behr
3/2020

This wall sculpture is made from a single piece of ash. The piece was mounted on a lathe and carved by hand from a central point. It was finished with a wax coating.

Length 91
Width 44 cm
Height 5.5 cm

Stefan Behr Woodturner
Photo: ©Stefan Behr
small moving bowls

These bowls move at the smallest touch. By using carved or painted lines Stefan Behr highlight the form of the bowl and direct attention towards the centre. The movement of the pieces also draws attention to the centre. These bowls were turned from ash wood, textured with a brush and finished with a coat of oil.

Diameter 20 cm

Stefan Behr Woodturner
Photo: ©Stefan Behr
mini desk sculpture

This mini desk sculpture was a prototype for a bigger version. Stefan Behr has lots of fun making smaller scale items, so he made a bunch of different ones. This small sculptural totem, perfect for any desk to distract you from your work, is made from a single reclaimed locust vineyard pole fitted on a metal base. The wood is carved, brushed, coloured, and has an oil finish.

Length 5
Width 5 cm
Height 25 cm

Stefan Behr Woodturner

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