Johann von Katzenelnbogen

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Gender MALE
Industry Arts
Occupation Artist, cabinet maker, singer, writer metal worker
Location , Maryland, United States
Introduction Some people say I am a renaissance man, and perhaps it is true; I do have many interests, and there are many things I like doing and can do well, but I prefer to think of myself as a medieval man. I am rather old-fashioned in my ways and views and certainly like the past more than the present. In my professional life, I own and operate Johann International, which is dedicated to the art of creating historically inspired furniture, with a goal of achieving an authentic and age defying look. I do not try to copy pieces exactly, nor do I try to fake antiques, but what I achieve is something that has a rather 'almost antique' look to it; appearing neither new, nor truly old. I achieve this look simply by making the pieces as they would have been in the time period they are made to represent. My passion is creating things with hand tools; forgoing the use of machinery. I feel that one cannot truly create furniture which is meant to represent historical pieces any other way. I am an artist and love to paint. I love most periods of history but my true passion lies in the period from 700 to 1100 AD (NOT CE! The term is Anno Domini!).
Interests Furniture, art, painting, medieval history, Middle Ages, the renaissance, philosophy, music, rock and roll, antique cars, nature, mountains, real architecture (not modern!), Textiles - especially Brocade