The traditional Bakery


Richard Kling in his bakehouse at Frankfurt’s Sachsenhausen district where I visited him last night. Kling usually works at least six days a week from midnight until 7.00 am. Traditional bakeries like this one are a dying trade – in 1975 some 300 independent bakeries were registered in Frankfurt. Today, only 18 are left.

The Old Gingerbread Bakery


Gingerbread being hand-made at Willi Baumann’s bakery in Reichelsheim-Beerfurth in the Odenwald region, some 70 kms (42 mls) south of Frankfurt, Dec. 1. The family business is one of oldest in the Odenwald and operates in the 11th generation, baking gingerbread as it did in 1785 without coloring, flavor enhancer or preservatives. Customers queue right in the bakehouse, buying ‘lebkuchen’ as it comes right out of the coal-heated oven.

The Guitar Maker

guitar maker
Henning Doderer checks the frame of an acoustic guitar in his workshop in the village of Waldems, northwest of Frankfurt, Sep.23. His one-man-operation has an output of about three instrumenst per month. Doderer’s guitars are not exactly cheap but they sound very good…

The Sliding Bevel

The Sliding Bevel

Marc Steinike checks the shape of a motorbike seat with his sliding bevel (in German ‘Schmiege’ – a word that until this morning I didn’t know even existed) in his workshop in Darmstadt, just south of Frankfurt, Nov.8. . Steinike crafts custom-made orthopaedic seats for motorbikers.