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Thomas Petz

Thomas Petz Horn sculptor
Contact
German, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+43 6767282628
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Preserving a family legacy

  • • Thomas has revitalised his grandfather’s workshop
  • • His speciality is making classic horn combs
  • • The company also makes jewellery, accessories and fine dining implements

Thomas Petz fell in love with the material of horn as a child. His grandfather Friedrich owned a workshop which has been run by the Petz family for more than 150 years. Visiting his grandparents always meant being allowed to try out the machines and create his first pieces of horn art. Thomas never forgot his fascination for the workshop, the versatility of horn and the passion his grandparents felt towards their profession. After high school and some years of self-discovery, he decided to train with his grandfather, who was the last Austrian master horn comb maker in those days. After Friedrich’s death, Thomas continued learning with his grandmother Eleonore and finally took over the business in 2007.

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Works

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Bracelet

These handmade bracelets were shaped from cattle horn. Thomas applied heat to the horn in order to form it, and polished the final surface of the bracelet to give it a reflective quality.

Diameter 7 cm

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Salt and pepper

Thomas formed these salt and pepper grinders from various pieces of cattle horn that he fixed together. Once shaped, Thomas polished the surface of the grinders, giving them a reflective quality.

Width 2.5 cm
Length 2.5 cm
Height 10 cm
Width 4.5 cm
Length 4.5 cm
Height 11 cm

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Shoehorn

Thomas formed these two shoehorns from various combined pieces of cattle horn. After applying heat to the horn in order to shape it, he polished the surface to give it a reflective quality.

Length 40 cm

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Combs with handles

These two combs with handles were formed from strips of cattle horn. Thomas combined the strips by applying heat, and finally polished the surface of the combs to give them a reflective quality.

Length 20 cm

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Combs for men

These two combs for men were formed from strips of cattle horn. Thomas combined the strips by applying heat, and finally polished the surface of the combs to give them a reflective quality.

Length 10 cm

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