kleinholzTYPO

small wood - untreated wooden letters made of beech

Goch, North Rhine-Westphalia
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Announcement    Here you will find my rather unique and timelessly designed wooden letters. Sustainably made of solid wood and suitable for many applications. I'm happy if you like them.
Peter

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Here you will find my rather unique and timelessly designed wooden letters. Sustainably made of solid wood and suitable for many applications. I'm happy if you like them.
Peter

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About kleinholzTYPO

Sales 540
On Etsy since 2013

Making is thinking

My name is Peter Eckartz. I have been married for quite a long time, have two adult sons and now 3 grandchildren.
I grew up in Düsseldorf and Ratingen and have been living on the Lower Rhine between Goch and Kalkar on a former small farm for almost 40 years now. For me today, life in the countryside means above all having opportunities. To have space to store my material, to be outside, a workshop where I can work and a garden where our vegetables grow. In addition, the room in which my two sons could grow up with a lot of freedom was also warm for many years. Over the years I have built and designed many things in our house. Professionally, I have always moved between an artistic side of craftsmanship and a (social) pedagogical side. To this day, my professional life has been shaped by many changes and trainings. In addition, the theater has accompanied me for over 40 years as an intensive and exciting hobby with enriching excesses in professional life.
As part of my many years of professional activity as a trainer in a vocational training centre, I developed the letters. They were excellently suited as a training project that was technically demanding and delivered an appealing, saleable product. The training workshop no longer exists in this form. That's why I decided to continue making the letters at home part-time in my small workshop.

I now work as a lecturer at the university in Nijmegen. There I work in the training of social workers. After my training as a master carpenter, later as a social pedagogue, I successfully completed a master's degree a few years ago. My master's thesis was about "Learning by doing it yourself". The main component of my lessons consists of the subject Work Activities, in which it is about showing students the possibilities of manual work in the field of socio-educational assistance. The phenomenon of DIY, producing and selling occupies me in this context because it is particularly able to experience the intrinsic value. So there are always exciting connections between my different vocational training and professions. The experiences I have made through my DaWanda shop and in my Etsy shop also flow into my work at the university.
In addition to my work at the university, I find it a very good balance to design and manufacture things that other people are happy about. It's a constant positive feedback for me.

Inspiration for designs is everywhere. I think the most important thing is to use and perceive your senses: the material, the possibilities of the tools and machines, your own abilities, the environment, the wishes of my fellow human beings or customers. Of course, this also includes being interested in the designs of other designers and craftsmen. The letters are partly inspired by old techniques of tire turning in the Erzgebirge and the production of small wooden figures according to similar principles on the milling machine. New applications of my letters arise from my own experimentation and also from inquiries from customers that bring me to new ideas.
My role models in the field of design are the artists of the Bauhaus and some Danish furniture designers. They have developed very modern design on the basis of solid craftsmanship. So modern that after almost 100 years we still experience it as groundbreaking and up-to-date. A little bit, I seem to reach the goal with my letters.

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Last updated on Jul 4, 2018

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Custom-made products and personalized orders

Basically, you can order the letters or numbers you want for each order. Special designs in other sizes and other types of wood I can unfortunately at the momentdo not manufacture.

About sizes

The normal size of the letters and numbers is 42 x42x42 mm. The letters can also be supplied in 24 mm at the same price on request. I don't make any other sizes at the moment.

Color play of wooden letters

I make the letters from beech, which sometimes has a strong play of colors and interesting red core. Basically, you are welcome to indicate when ordering whether you want a simple color scheme or a colorful one. If you don't specify anything, I combine the letters as I find it visually suitable for each other.

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