Roger Widdermann

Roger Widdermann was born in 1959. Since he can remember, he was attracted to iron - and wanted to forge knives and swords. But firstly, he received his degree as metalworker in 1975. After after a period of 7 years of working as metalsmith and metalworker, he studied and graduated as mechanical engineer, which in 1990 led him to go into business for himself as metal designer with his firm Schmiede & Kunstschlosserei in Hohenprießnitz.

Ranging from the classics of metal design like gates and fences, over practical and useful small item, welded decorative objects, commemorative badges, tools, knives, swords and and large plastics, to unique jewellery - his knowledge and skills are comprehensive.

Qualifications

  • Seminar ‘Gold-plating’
    Mitteldeutsches Zentrum für Denkmalpflege Schloss Trebsen (Mid-German centre for monument care and maintenance, Castle Trebsen)

  • Education as ‘Gestalter im Handwerk’ (‘Designer in handicrafting’)
    Designzentrum der Handwerkskammer zu Leipzig (Design centre of the Chambre of Handicrafts Leipzig)
    lecturers, among others, Master Sculptor Dirk Brüggemann, painter and graphic designer Bernd Hertel)

  • Seminar in metal design 'repoussé work in iron’
    Akademie des Handwerks Schloss Raesfeld  (Academy of the Handicrafts, Castle Raesfeld) with lecturer Ralf Meyer

  • Seminar in metal design 'Casting throughout the ages’
    Akademie des Handwerks Schloss Raesfeld  (Academy of the Handicrafts, Castle Raesfeld) with lecturer Stefan Lasch-Abendroth

  • Seminar in metal design 'Damascene steel’
    Akademie des Handwerks Schloss Raesfeld  (Academy of the Handicrafts, Castle Raesfeld) with lecturer Manfred Sachse

  • Seminar in metal design 'Metal processing in the 20th century’
    Akademie des Handwerks Schloss Raesfeld  (Academy of the Handicrafts, Castle Raesfeld) with lecturer Stefan Lasch-Abendroth

  • Smithies Meeting in Kolbermoor
    Seminars ‘Iron design and processing’, docents (among others) Ulrich Gerfin, Alfred Bullermann

  • Seminar in metal design 'Metal processing of the Romantic and Gothic periods’
    Akademie des Handwerks Schloss Raesfeld  (Academy of the Handicrafts, Castle Raesfeld) with lecturer Ralf Meyer


  • Smithies Meeting in Kolbermoor
    Seminars ‘Processing of Damascene steel’, docent Heinz Denig


  • Seminar in metal design 'Metal processing of the Renaissance period’
    Akademie des Handwerks Schloss Raesfeld  (Academy of the Handicrafts, Castle Raesfeld) with lecturer Stefan Lasch-Abendroth

Karin Widdermann

Karin Widdermann, born 1961, was a tailor, daynursery teacher and office executive.

From the very beginning, she led the business operations in the Widdermann’s firm.

Responsible for our shop ‘metal design’, she sells the forging products of the metal designers and organizes the presentations on market places and other occasions.

Marika Widdermann

Marika Widdermann, born in 1983, received her certificate of completed apprenticeship as metal designer in 2007.

In the same year, she became a freelance metal designer. She adds a female element and aesthetics to the creativity and diversity of the Widdermann’s familiy business. In her workshop special pieces of jewellery from iron, copper, silver and wrought bronze, cast bronze and enamel jewellery, as well as concepts and models, arise.


Qualifications

  • Various seminars and practicals in freehand drawing and sculpturing with university lecturer and master sculptor Dirk Brüggemann

  • Learned to cast bronze with the sand casting process by studying on her own

  • Learned soldering and enamelling by studying on her own

Michael Sittner

Michael Sittner, born in 1979, received his certificate of completed apprenticeship as metal designer in 1999. Since then, he has been active in several smithies and metalworking shops.

In 2003, he successfully applied as apprentice with us. Since 2007 he is a freelance metal designer but fortunately remained active in shop.

Meanwhile, Michael also gives forging demonstations on miscellaneous occasions but most often assists us with our demonstrations.

He mainly occupies himself with the construction of gate and fence assemblies, parapets, railings, window grates etc., but under his brand SI, he creates knifes, swords, items of daily use and delicate jewellery, and offers them for sale in our shop and on market places.

Qualifications

  • Seminars in freehand drawing
    lecturer Master Sculptor Dirk Brüggemann.
  • Forging seminar 'Damaszener Steel'
    with metal designer Roger Widdermann

  • Forging seminar 'repoussé work in iron - pans and kettles'
    with metal designer Roger Widdermann

  • Forging seminar 'Plastic design'
    with metal designer Roger Widdermann

In cooperation with Roger he continuously compounds his skills in forging Damascene steel, regarding knife and sword production, as well as the creation of particular artistic forging products.