Gebr. Hentschel was founded by brothers Gunther and Volker Hentschel. Gebr. stands for Gebrüder, which means brothers in German. The pair grew up together in Osnabrück before moving to Berlin to found their own business. They have been perfecting the design of their keyboards since 2008.
German craftsmanship meets design engineering
As a forestry consultant, Gunther is deeply rooted in the world of wood. His brother Volker has been a gifted mechanical engineer since a young age. Over a beer in Gunther’s hobby room, an idea was born. The realization that we could craft a truly exceptional keyboard from wood completely captured our imagination.
“We wanted to create something fresh and new that would outshine all those bland, uninspiring black and grey plastic keyboards. We were also particularly concerned about the throw-away mentality associated with conventional keyboards, given that for us, quality means sustainability above all else. A keyboard should be as sturdy as a typewriter. You should be able to repair it instead of simply throwing away,” explains Gunther.
Volker Hentschel developed his passion for computers at a young age. When he was 13, he build his own computer. Later he completed an apprenticeship as a mechanical technician and discovered the fascinating and creative world of design engineering. In his work, Volker is a relentless perfectionist and generally the last person to be satisfied with the result.
Sustainability has never looked so stunning
Gunther has lived and worked in tropical countries, where he conducted sustainability audits of forestry companies and monitored their compliance with the associated ecological and social standards. He was particularly bothered by the fact that despite the positive developments and the unique characteristics of wood as a building material, the market almost exclusively demanded wood in the form of a homogeneous mass produced product. This approach pays little attention to the fascinating diversity of this natural material.
These insights laid the foundation for the brothers’ desire to create a unique and distinctive keyboard made from the most aesthetically stunning types of timber. Even though in technical terms it would have been far easier to use other materials, the brothers were determined to produce a wooden keyboard from a single piece of timber. After years of perseverance and testing, they managed to successfully realize their dream.
The result is a product that unites craftsmanship with premium materials and classic design: a keyboard that is yours for life.