Anselm Littschwager

1985 Born and raised in beautiful Allgäu
2004 2007 Silversmith Training “Berufsfachschule für Glas und Schmuck” in Kaufbeuren/Neugablonz
2008 2010 Apprenticeship at the Wiener Silberschmiedewerkstätte
Self-employment as a course trainer for damask and steel ware studies
2010 2012 Traditional journeyman years
since  2013 Foundation of Anselm Littschwager Silver Workshop in Donnersbergkreis


Born in 1985 and raised in Allgäu, I began my silversmith training at the Berufsfachschule für Glas und Schmuck” in Kaufbeuren/Neugablonz in 2004, becoming a state-qualified silversmith in 2007.

After one year of apprenticing at the Viennese Silversmith workshops in Ebreichsdorf near Vienna, my path towards founding my own silver and tool forge.

In 2009, I was able to use my parents’ farm to conduct intensive steel experiments.Gießen klein

I used this time to conduct extensive research and experiments. I supported the “Haus für historisches Handwerk” – House for Historical Trades – in Kempten, Allgäu. I lead courses and supported the service team at the Künstlerhaus Kempten – Artist House Kempten. During this time, I came to the realization that I needed a time of study, free of the time-consuming activity of earning money – before settling into my dream to start my own forge.

This led me to embarking on a traditional journeyman period, known and “Wanderschaft” or “Walz”.DSC06573

My journey travelling in the traditional “Kluft,” walking stick and hat of a journeyman, began on May 10th, 2010. The following two and a half years led me to remote areas of Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. This time was used learning traditional trade methods. I owe my gratitude to countless people who supported my journey by providing work, shelter and their knowledge. I owe a special mention to:

  • The inhabitants of “Hof Sarenseck” in Wendland
  • Hannes Schnelle, traditional Japanese carpenter
  • Roger Berg, knife crafter
  • Katarina Pirak Sikku, Artist and Nils-Henrik, writer from Jokkmokk

….Danke, Tak sa mycket!

I ended my journeyman years on December 21st, 2012. Since then, I have been working in my own workshop.