I’ve always admired Garrett Hack’s furniture, especially after I examined a piece in detail that a friend of mine owns. Some furniture looks good in photographs. Some looks good in person. Hack’s looks good in both.
One of his specialties are the fine details he puts into his work, including inlay and stringing. These small touches are what separates him from other people who work in Federal, Shaker and contemporary styles.
Hack also happens to be thoughtful and patient. Though he writes at times for a competitor (something I wish I could change), I’ve always wanted to take a class with him on inlay , a skill I’d like to improve.
When I was in Germany last week teaching at Dick GmbH, one of the company’s employees mentioned that Hack was going to be teaching two short courses (in English) there in October , including one on decorative details.
If you are going to Bavaria (or want to), I highly recommend the Dick workshop experience. As I noted in some earlier posts about my class, the facility there is first-rate, especially for hand-tool users. Everyone gets a box of sharp tools, a heavy Ulmia bench and pastries in the afternoon (I am still going through almond croissant withdrawl).
Plus, the area where the workshop is located outside Deggendorf is beautiful. The Bavarian Alps fill the sky. The people are very nice to non-German-speakers and the food is delicious (especially if you love meat).
The other surprising thing (for me) was that my expenses were reasonable in and around Deggendorf. Unlike Stuttgart or Frankfurt, I found that area of Bavaria to be a bargain for food and lodging.
Hack is teaching two classes:
Precision Hand Tools on Oct. 24-25.
Decorative Details on Oct. 26-28.
You can get all the details on Dick’s web site. And if you go, please say hello to Hack for me and buy him a weissbier.
– Christopher Schwarz