The holzschnefler are the wood craftsmen of the Schwarzwald area of Germany. The holzschnefler have played an important role in the community of the Black Forest since the Middle Ages, skilfully making a wide range of wooden products including pails, mouse traps, building materials and cuckoo clocks.
Today Jutta Rothe has introduced contemporary design to some of these craftsmen, who now make products that have a wonderful blend of traditional craft skills with a modern aesthetic.
The fireside bellows are made in a small workshop in Bernau. At first the two sides of the bellows are hand cut out of oak, which is then drilled, sanded and polished. The oak is then oiled to emphasise its beautiful grain. Afterwards the leather is cut and fixed to the top of the bellow with nails. The metal nose is then fitted and the bellows are complete!