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Friday, 4 April 2014

The last of their kind...?

If you thought a Messerschmit was an aeroplane and a Fassbender was an actor, think again.

The fantastic Bayerisches Fernzehen (Bavarian Telly) series 'Der Letzte seines Standes?' is now available on youtube. It's all in German - naturally, but you don't need to understand the words to enjoy the skill and craftsmanship.

The series is a feast of handcrafts, with different episodes covering everything from knifemaking (messerschmied) to Coopering (Fassbinder).

Grab a brew and enjoy...


  1. As all of the men are old southern germans, I don't understand them either. :o)

  2. Thank you for sharing these Matthew. They look great.

    -Nathan W

  3. What makes it even more a amazing is the fact that the guy is 84!
    One more curiosity in the feature: I think the red tractor at the beginning is an old Porsche tractor.

    1. It really gives you an appreciation for how important technique is, working with the natural structure of the material rather than against it.

      Do you think he has a 'my other car is a Porsche' bumper sticker?