Even before you enter the shop, you can smell the one-of-a-kind scent of wood. When Annegret Frank starts working with her wood-burning poker, the scent changes from that of a timber supplier to a campfire. The smell of burning wood gives a feeling of well-being which you can sense in the shop immediately. The owner herself contributes to this. With the spirit she brings from Hamburg, she welcomes customers with a Hanseatic charm and is always ready for a chat.
Wood wherever you look – on the shelves are cutting boards & snack trays and other kitchen utensils, but also decorative & stationery materials. In one corner there are wooden children’s toys; in the opposite corner stands Annegret’s workbench. Her artwork is all produced in the shop. “Unless I chat too much and don’t get my work done”, she laughs “then I take it home.”
With a wood-burning poker, the artist etches names, sayings and even portraits into the wooden articles, all inspired by her imagination and customer wishes. If something should be more colorful, she paints the burnt wood with watercolors or acrylic paint. She only works on pieces which are unlacquered because lacquer makes it more difficult to burn in a design and might produce toxic gases. Annegret Frank purchases the raw material for her work from German and European timber dealers, which she has met personally at trade fairs.
The wooden toys are purchased from her son – he too has turned his love for wood into a career and manages a wooden products plant.
The graphic designer always had a love of wood – she not only sets flame to wood, she burns for it herself: “There’s no better material. So natural and simple, yet versatile and graceful. Working with it gives me a lot of pleasure. Its smell, its character, everything!“ What makes the artist so happy is that this natural material is now growing more popular with young people.