In 1804, my ancestor Gerhard Schlingmann, the forefather of my mother Janna Schlingmann, left Osnabrück in Germany to emigrate to the village of Linschoten. He was among the many other “Hollandgangers” – migrants who left their homelands in Germany for Holland in the hope of escaping poverty. Gerhard was a woodworker by trade, and in Linschoten he became a successful clog maker and woodcarver.

I learned the trade of furniture maker at home, in the carpentry workshop of my father and uncle. As a 12-year-old boy, I was already allowed to use the sawing machine and the flattening machine under the watchful eye of the carpenters. One special point of attention is the finishing of a piece of furniture. To this end, I took a course in polishing and I have gained plenty of experience in this field.

Both woodcarvings  and furniture are made exclusively of selected solid wood types, usually oak.


The art of woodcarving involves being able to use the various tools such as knives, chisels and gouges and understanding how the type of wood being worked on behaves.  I learned and mastered this craft through countless hours of practice and by following good courses. My passion for woodcarving was inspired to a great extent by the courses I followed that were given by the Flemish woodcarver Kris Waelput. Because embossing is also common in furniture making, I intensified my specialist knowledge by following training at the Woodcarving School in Austria. I have now gained wide experience in creating wood panels, wall reliefs, name signs, ancestral coats of arms, logo signs etc.

We specialise in: RELIEF CARVING

A relief is a three-dimensional sculpture in wood, which does not stand freely. A relief is usually  three-dimensional at the front and has a flat background. Relief carving has an advantage over freestanding wood sculpture because in spatial work it is virtually impossible to depict image content such as clouds, trees, backgrounds and outdoor scenes in a similar way to two-dimensional paintings, whereas this can be done in relief carving.

There are four types of relief:

Low relief: The depth of the piece is less than 5 mm, for example in a name board




Medium relief: The depth of the piecevaries between 5 and 15 mm, for  example a simple commemorative plaque



High relief:  The depth of the piece varies between 15 and 40 mm



Very high relief: The depth of the piece is greater than 50 mm



The higher the relief, the more wood needs to be removed and more attention paid to the height differences between the various interconnected sections of the carving. 

Reliefs are also common on furniture panels and other furniture decorations. An example of such a furniture panel is shown below:


Our products:

Revolving bookcases
Sheet music storage cabinets
Writing desks
Multimedia desk
Name boards
Commemorative plaques
Ornate moldings
Decorative reliefs


Where we work:

We have a workshop with various machines where the wood is prepared for use and an atelier where the actual wood carving and sculpture take place.


Front view work shop



Front view atelier



Cutting tools



Saw bench



Milling machine



Bench for planing and cutting the wood to thickness



Band saw machine



Scroll saw machine






Machine for grinding, honing and polishing



Machines for rapid grinding



Stock limewood



Stock oak wood