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Welcome to Hobel Austria!

The history of carpentry tool manufacturers in Austria has generally been little researched so far. Yet the factories of Weiss & Sohn and Franz Wertheim were among the largest manufacturers in Europe in the second half of the 19th century. Nevertheless, even carpenters today hardly know these names, only a few have an idea of the tradition behind them. Changing that is one reason for this website.


Another is the tools themselves. A lot of knowledge about this has also been lost over time. However, the situation is somewhat different here, because there are quite a number of regional museums, initiatives as well as passionate craftsmen and collectors who deal with traditional crafts and tools and also contribute to their preservation. Here, Hobel Austria is intended to provide an additional source of information.

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Fabriksgeschichte ergänzt bis 1976.

(April 2023)

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200 years Johann Weiss & Sohn

Hobel Austria has been online since 2020. This year, the largest and most successful wood tool manufacturer in Austria, Johann Weiss & Sohn, would have celebrated its 200th anniversary. The history of this company is exemplary for the entire industry and is therefore also the focus of Hobel Austria.

You can find the company history here: