It is very important for me to work with my own hands. Of course, the bottom line is that everybody does something with their own hands. However, I feel really lucky to have the chance
to put this liking to good use in my profession. I became a carpenter because I have always enjoyed working with wood. Even as a child I spent a lot of time outdoors, together with my grandfather.
We used to walk through the woods. I was out and about as a journeyman for three-and-a-half years,
travelling all over Europe, but also in Africa, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. I would not be standing here as a master carpenter today
if I had not taken to the road in those days. My most valuable experience was realizing that I was able to cope – even alone. You are not dependent on anybody, on anything at all.
That makes you feel completely free. As I was hitting the road, it was totally clear to me
that I would eventually go back home and return to the place where I had started my journey from. That was pretty important to me. Naturally, I have seen many places und experienced many things
but there is really no place like home. Being out in the open gives me the feeling of having regained a little bit of freedom. Of course, I often think of my grandfather.
We used to have a good time on our self-constructed raised hides. Most of the things I know I learnt from him,
such as my relationship with wood and the respect for nature, too.