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In Memory of Gerd Fritsche

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Gerd Fritsche passed away in September 2022.

His passion, hobby, and profession

The quality of traditional woodworking depends mainly on three things, the raw materials, the personal skills and also on the hand tools. But high-quality hand tools, especially hand planes, are hard to get. There are some good, industrially manufactured hand planes available, but they can't really match with the ones from great toolmakers from the beginning of the 19th century. Realising that, Gerd decided to build them by himself using his professional toolmaking skills and the best materials he could find. The results were more than satisfying...

On this homepage you can find some of Gerd's hand-made planes.

Thank you for your visit!

Greetings from the Lake of Constance,
The Fritsche Family

Read more about Gerd's work in the article of the magazine "HolzWerken" (PDF article in German):
"Maserbilder - Portrait Gerd Fritsche" HolzWerken Juli/August 2011
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(By coutesy of HolzWerken's editorial office;
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