Reinhold Freibertshauser (906) 484-3125 email@example.com
Reinhold (Reini) Friebertshauser recently retired from 30 years of teaching at an independent boys'school in the Cleveland, Ohio area. During that time he has taught philosophy, logic, German, engineering, woodworking, mechanical drawing, computer assisted design (CAD) and computer numeric control (CNC), computer graphics, video and film, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as part of a 10 year summer environmental science program he founded with a colleague. He has also coached several state champions in interscholastic debate and numerous state finalists during almost 25 years of coaching that event. For the past 10 years he served as chair of the visual and performing arts department at the school. Fifteen years ago, in an effort to use the limited school shop space more efficiently, he started teaching woodturning, with an emphasis on creating wooden vessels as works of art. Since then his students have won more than 100 awards in the Scholastic Art Awards competition and the Ohio Governors Youth Art Exhibition, including a number of national gold key winners and numerous regional gold key recipients.
Reini has been a summer resident of the Les Cheneaux Islands for the past 35 years and hand built his house and docks on Coryell Island. His wife Ann and he now spend four to five months every summer on the island, and the rest of the year in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.
He now spends a great deal of his time working at the lathe. Of his work he says the following:
“I've spent most of my adult life teaching and coaching teenagers and now have more time to devote to my own work. That work reflects the wide variety of styles and methods which I've had the great opportunity to explore with my students. It ranges from functional pieces to display pieces, and ideally succeeds at synthesizing the two. I especially enjoy working at the lathe that I keep on my deck overlooking Lake Huron. Some of my recent work explores the use of local white cedar for turned vessels, a wood that is not commonly used by turners. Above all, I enjoy sharing my love of this craft with other people, both as a teacher and student.”