I should have paid more attention in my high school German classes. I do remember singing a song in German about a three-cornered hat or something — and I can still count. It would be nice to sit and watch this with someone who speaks German well sometime. The good news is, this story is filmed so beautifully that words are hardly necessary.
Watch as this venerable master carves a giant bowl. He has retained incredible skill with an axe and the technique for removing the core with thin wooden wedges is spectacular. Consequently, Kristin and I have committed to beer and schnapps at lunch from now on. Near the end, one can see the variety of smaller bowls that he makes.
I had seen this some time ago, but I could watch it a thousand times. It is so skillfully filmed, and there is so much to be learned. Thanks to Peter Follansbee for reminding me of it. There is a whole series of these “Der Letzte seines Standes?” films on youtube. I think it translates to something like “The last of their craft?” And I’m guessing Der Mollenhauer is something like “The trough/bowl hewer.” Perhaps someone can provide a better translation.
In a similar vein are the films available from Folkstreams. I wrote this post about them a couple years ago with some links. Always worth revisiting.