Games – Hobbyist Friedrich Teofel: Turning Art for Ice

For Friedrich Teufel, the cold season is all about crafts. For nearly 30 years, the retired machine maker has had a very special wintertime hobby. “Through the job I learned, I have always loved wood and trim. Only the materials have changed.”

A variety of materials are used to make curling stones. Wood species such as oak, elm, maple, cherry, and walnut make up the different layers of the workpiece. “Because of its stability, the handle is made of elm, because it is very difficult to break. Pear wood is best suited for a running surface,” explains Friedrich Teofel, the nature of curling stones. The piece of sports equipment got its former name “Birnenstock” from the same type of wood.

For me, curling is the perfect winter activity.” Friedrich Teufel Curling Farms

The unique grain and composition of the different woods in several layers make each lattice stone unique. “It takes about three hours to make a curling stone. It takes more time to create a special pattern,” says Friedrich Teofel, noting the extensive scope of work right up to the final piece of sports equipment.

He completed the many steps of production in a workshop in the basement of his house. Part of the wood material is stored here as well, which must dry for at least three years before it can be processed. The craftsman finds the majority of the wood for his work cuts when processing firewood. “I make the wood myself and sort out beautiful pieces for use in crimping the stones,” says Friedrich Teofel, describing his approach.

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His watchful eye on special wood grain enables unique end results that he sells to individuals. Depending on the winter weather conditions, sales figures also vary, as the craftsman points out: “It always depends on winter how many pieces I sell. If it’s not cold, then there is no need for ice sticks. “

The hobbyist artist also knows what makes a good curling stone: “The handle must be well in the hand. In addition, the weight must be suitable for the shooter.”

“I was curling myself,” recalls Friedrich Teofel. “Today it is better to produce it.”

Tess Larson

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