Fritz Baumann’s sculptured stools and benches are created in a reduced style showing Japanese influence.
Oak is the favourite choice of wood. Green, uncured tree trunks are inspected to find the optimal form for the stool, which is then extracted with the chainsaw. In contrast to the rough surface of the sides, the seat is planed completely smooth. The stools then have to be cured for a long time.
The green wood will shrink and twist into its very own form. The natural flaws and splits occurring from the drying process add character to the design, making each piece a unique work of art—a minimalist study of Nature.
If a split occurs while drying it is fixed with dovetails. This welcome “imperfection” becomes a special feature. Rust water is used to dye some pieces black and lime-wash to emphasize the grain.
The stool is like a favourite piece, which is polished with use and becomes even more beautiful with age. Fritz Baumann’s works look as if they have experienced a lot – and that they certainly have.