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Do-it-yourself with Redecker

… then I just do it myself!

Is this already a movement or still a trend? More and more people are realising how satisfying it is to create something with their own hands. From beekeeping to your own bread baking, from preserving to your own line of care products - there is much more to it than just "DIY". Nobody has to go straight to self-sufficiency, but: The distrust in industrially produced goods and the "staying at home" last year have further strengthened this trend. We would like to look at some of the possibilities around the home where we can help with typical Redecker products.

Raised beds and planting products

Gardening. A timeless hobby.
If you´ve never planted your own fruits or vegetables, you should definitely give it a try. A great way to grow chard, carrots or lettuce is using raised beds, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. But why actually? In addition to its comfortable working and harvesting height, a raised bed - if properly installed - keeps pests of all kinds away without using chemicals or poisons: Slugs can be easily deterred with copper tape or coffee grounds, and rodents can be kept from reaching the bed with rabbit wire. Those who take raised bed sustainability seriously use tools made from sustainable materials for gardening, such as the Redecker planting wood or the pricking stick made from untreated beech wood. All enthusiastic gardeners will be happy - even with-out a raised bed! - about the new planting clips and planting plugs. Everything you need for a great time in the garden with the right tools!

Meeting place, forum, place of enjoyment: the village baking oven

Everything used to be better. No! Of course not! But a few things...
Building a large clay wrapped pizza or bread oven in the yard is not that difficult - the internet is teeming with instructions. In the past there were such big ovens in the centre of the village, mostly near the village well. After the oven was heated up, many families could bake their bread there and exchange news and experience a lot of community. Why not revive this wonderful tradition? Build an oven in the garden! Heat it up! Invite all your neighbours and friends to bake delicious breads, pizzas, cakes and much more in the once-heated oven! The thanks and many tasty samples are certain.
Professionals use the Redecker oven slider, the oven broom and - to coat the breads with water or the pastry with butter - of course the Redecker baking brushes. Have fun!

Bee-striker and world saviour: The beekeeper

More and more people in Germany, even in the big cities, are learning and practising beekeeping again.
The situation for the bees has therefore already improved on a small scale, but pesticides, monocultures and the Varroa mite are still affecting the colonies. The right Redecker product for all beekeepers is the bee broom, which has been tried and tested many times in daily use, with which the bees are carefully "stroked down" by the wax plates pulled out of the hive. If you do not necessarily want to become a beekeeper, you can also use the brush for dusting large areas ...

Vegetables in the Redecker kitchen: raw vegetables with the digestibility plus

Oven vegetables? We have them all the time. Pumpkin soup? Tried it out in all its variations. What else can you do with fresh vegetables, possibly even from your own garden? We're on a fermentation kick.

Fermentation: a healthy vitamin kick for thousands of years

Fermented foods have been part of our daily diet for thousands of years. Wine, beer, sourdough bread and cheese are probably their most prominent representatives. But "preserved" vegetables such as sauerkraut are also among the fermented delicacies and are still far too seldom homemade - yet it is so easy! The sauerkraut bought in the supermarket is ­usually mixed with spirit vinegar and ­pasteurised (highly heated) - unfortunately, this means that the positive effects of the probiotic bacteria that are produced during fermentation are lost. The "good" living lactic acid bacteria help us to keep our intestinal flora healthy. Vegetables can be easily turned into delicious, wholesome raw food through lactic acid fermentation - and can even be kept for a very long time through fermentation.

How do you do it? Cut a fresh organic white cabbage or pointed cabbage into quarters and slice into not too thin strips with a vegetable slicer, cutting out the stalk generously and wedge-shaped ­beforehand. Place in a large bowl and mix with natural sea salt (preferably not industrially produced vacuum salt or salt with anti-caking agents!) (1 teaspoon of salt per kilo of vegetables). The salt is now worked in vigorously by hand until the cabbage has drawn water and no more grains of salt can be felt. Now use the Redecker potato masher: Fill a previously sterilised preserving jar (our jar 857061 is perfect) with layer after layer from the bowl and compact each layer with the potato masher. Alternatively, our jar attachments 857038 or 857044 can be used to shave and mash vegetables with a little salt directly into the jar.

If the vegetables were fresh, so much liquid is produced that they are covered with a layer of brine in the jar and nothing peeks out. This is important - otherwise the wrong bacteria will win and everything will spoil. Within 2-3 days, the exciting process begins that turns cabbage & co. into delicious sauerkraut: friendly bacteria come out of nowhere and turn the liquid into adelicious pickling brine that preserves the vegetables and makes them digestible even raw; carbon dioxide is produced in the process. Depending on the fermentation activity, the screwed-on lid should therefore be opened from time to time so that it can escape. After about 2 weeks, the sauerkraut is ready and can be cooked with bay leaf, a clove, a spoonful of honey and a dash of white wine or sparkling wine. Unfortunately, we don't do this because we have already eaten the healthy snack raw. The best thing is that this works not only with various types of cabbage, but also with almost all root vegetables, even courgettes or carrots can be refined in this way and enjoyed raw or cooked. They keep for weeks!

Now that we have used our new potato masher for this purpose, we would like to point out its original purpose: It ­mashes cooked potatoes with butter and milk in the pot to silky mashes, but can also be used for raw dumplings: The raw grated potatoes go into our dumpling bag, the masher is used to "drive out" moisture and starch. The grated ­potatoes can then be further processed into raw dumplings or potato puffs. The starch that settles at the ­bottom of the liquid goes back into the dumpling ­batter. Alternatively, you can also use the "bag masher" to juice berries... All in all, our new masher is quite versatile, isn't it?

Pasta Pasta Pasta!

What a day! When we tried out the new pasta tools in the Redecker test kitchen (which is our own at home ;-), we quickly realized: We have a new passion! We don't need complicated pasta machines, just our hands and excellent hand tools made of wood and food-safe aluminum or stainless steel. We found the contact with the product – the dough – just right and wonderfully relaxing, almost meditative!

Our pasta tools come directly from Italy and are also made there. Where else would they come from? Incidentally, the legend that explorer Marco Polo ­actually brought pasta to Italy from Asia is not true: pasta already existed in Europe before his time, probably even long before the turn of the millennium in the year 0.
There are countless dough recipes for homemade fresh pasta (which simply cannot be compared with conventional dried industrial pasta).

Here is ours:
Pasta al Jana
(for 8 persons)
400 g flour (type 405)
75 g durum wheat semolina
12 egg yolks (size L)
4 tbsp cold water
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

The dough is kneaded, left 30 min. to rest and then rolled out flat with a ­rolling pin ­to suit the type of pasta. Then, for example, the ingenious ­rolling pins (the name is right!) are used to cut the pasta dough into more or less narrow strips for pappardelle, tagliatelle or 3mm ­spaghetti (our favorite!). Depending on the recipe and desired consistency, dry the pasta strips briefly on the pasta dryer before placing them in boiling ­salted water – never use too little ­water, never put the lid on! After two to four minutes, the pasta is ready and jumps out of the pot straight into the sauce prepared in the pan.

Our favorites:

  • Good (!) sea salt butter, pepper, salt, fresh sage (al burro da salvia …)
  • only slightly heated good olive oil in which garlic, a few diced onions and peppers have been sautéed (al peperoncino; if you add fresh or canned tomatoes, capers and/or green pepper, you can call it all'arrabiata)
  • a long-cooked tomato sauce made from good fresh or canned tomatoes with garlic, onions and lots of fresh herbs (the "sugo version")
  • at the end (and this applies to almost all variations): freshly grated or shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese on top ... and black pepper.

If you have tried this and are now also addicted to pasta, you can start experimenting with other and filled variations: Gnocchi, ravioli, tortellini, agnolotti, cappelletti, panzerotti … we can easily keep ourselves busy with these until our next Italian vacation. We have put together many different variations of boards, trays, rolls and punches for the various filled and other specialty varieties for you on the new product pages in the catalogue. We ­have tried them all …

Redecker: Crafts, design, quality.

For three generations and more than 80 years: brushes and much more from Versmold.

Founder Friedel Redecker earned his living as a brushmaker because he went blind as a child. His inventiveness, his sense of quality and persistence brought about a company that is selling its natural products world-wide after three generations.

Tradition and modernity in harmony

The first handcrafted Redecker brushes were produced in 1935. A lot has changed since then. Today, the name Redecker stands, as it has for many years, for an ideal combination of natural quality, function, and design. It lives from our very own blend of inventiveness, sound craftsmanship, and creativity.

Redecker – who is that anyway?

Redecker is a family – and a company. They go together hand in hand, and sometimes you cannot really tell where one ends and the other begins. Next to the “seniors” Jutta and Gernot Redecker, the company is now also managed by the two “juniors” Felix (son) and Jana (daughter-in-law). The business is managed jointly. Wherever a need for discussion arises, a decision is made together, we work, laugh, and live through it …

Who would have thought this day would come when the brush maker „Friedel – the Boss” Redecker, father of today‘s senior boss Gernot Redecker, passed away in 1986? Nobody – least of all Jutta and Gernot Redecker, who sold off the “Bosses” leftover brooms and brushes from the workshop on
small markets with unexpected success.

Other markets and more sales success followed because the two of them (Jutta and Gernot) had decided in the meantime to give up the occupations they had trained for and immerse themselves in the art of brush making. It was an art which “Friedel,” who had been blind since childhood, had passed on to all the family members with great heart and soul.

Over the years, the business grew from small market stalls to the first regular customers and all the way to international companies. It became the company which celebrated its 80-year anniversary in 2015 and that you know today.

Hopefully it will continue to flourish – after all, the next generation is already here ...

What makes a Redecker product so special?

The fact that it is not only beautiful, but also practical – that it is not only practical, but also beautiful

That our products have a function and not merely meant to expand our selection.

That we always make sure to use natural, renewable resources when we select our materials.

That we consistently stay true to our philosophy every time we develop a new product concept, something that you can tell in every one of our items.

That every product is critically inspected and thoroughly tested by every family member and also by employees before it even makes it into our catalogue.

That we, along with our employees, have an appreciation for. the products – which means everyone enjoys their work and looks forward to the future of our company.

We firmly believe that quality and sustainability always prove themselves and that this must, and eventually will, become more and more important in our “throwaway society.”

How is a Redecker product created?

The Idea 

When we develop a product, a tiny but weighty detail is simply indispensable: the idea. Who has the ideas? Everyone! Family, friends, employees, acquaintances – or even you. We are open to anything. In many cases, this is not all that simple. Not everything we or others think of can actually be realised. Often, we have to discard suggestions and even our own ideas after the planning phase. This is not for a lack of expertise, since Gernot Redecker is not only a brush maker but also a trained tool maker who finds solutions for just about anything. In fact, the materials we use unfortunately do not allow us to do everything. Some of the properties of wood and bristles do limit us, but this does not discourage us because these very properties are what make our products what they are – something special. If an idea turns out to be feasible, product development is the next phase. After making some drafts, we head for the workshop. 

The Design 
Once the first prototype has been roughed out, product development begins in earnest: it is inspected by everyone, tested, criticised, praised, discarded, handled, and examined again the next day. Then Gernot Redecker goes back to the workshop – and the game begins all over again – even multiple times, since the form, function, material, suitability, handling, and overall impression are evaluated and improved. But at some point, it is finally time – and that is always the best moment.

The Way to the Catalogue
But there is a long way to go from this moment to series production: wood and bristles have to be ordered and optimum production steps need to be created. The packaging, weight, size, and warehouse capacities need to be determined. And finally the Redecker product – now that it has earned that name – still has to find its way through inventory management and a date with our photographer to get into our catalogue. Half a year can easily go by from the idea to the finished product. So, from the inception of an idea to the finished product, it can often take half a year. We glady welcome this time because at Redecker, when we prepare for an innovation, it must be for a purpose which is really necessary! The Redecker method? It‘s unmistakeable: This means taking the sufficient amount of time to create and produce our products sustainably – resulting in beautiful, practical, and durable objects with which we proudly identify with. 

Our team

Being able to rely on a well-aligned and happy team for many years is special. We are proud of the family-like good relationship we have with everyone in the company.

The Admin Team: Always accessible to you by phone or E-Mail. The Admin Team: Always accessible to you by phone or E-Mail.
The Factory Workshop Team with their extensive know-how will effectively manage any production issue. The Factory Workshop Team with their extensive know-how will effectively manage any production issue.
From manufacturing process to logistics: The Warehouse Team will see to it that everything arrives quickly, correctly, and properly packaged. From manufacturing process to logistics: The Warehouse Team will see to it that everything arrives quickly, correctly, and properly packaged.

The Redecker Shops

Welcome to our stores in Bad Rothenfelde and Westerland!

Nearly all Redecker articles are available here in a friendly atmosphere. Pay us a visit! And spend time with ...

Bürstenhaus Redecker GmbH
Salinenstr. 2 - 6
49214 Bad Rothenfelde
Phone: 05424 644544

Opening hours
Mo-Fr: 9.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 18.00
Sa: 9.30 – 16.00
Sundays: 14.00 – 18.00

Bürstenhaus Redecker GmbH
Friedrichstr. 16
25980 Westerland/Sylt
Phone: 04651 8895070

Opening hours
Mo-Do: closed
Fr: 11.00 – 17.00
Sa: 11.00 – 16.00
Sundays: closed

Our opening hours may vary from season to season.

Our trade fair dates

We are looking forward welcoming you!

Top Drawer, London
14 - 16 January 2024

Maison & Objet, Paris
18 - 22 January 2024
Hall 4 | J76

Ambiente, Frankfurt
26 - 30 January 2024
Hall 9.0 | D32

Spring Fair, Birmingham
04 - 07 February 2024
Hall 4 | H70-J71

Shoppe Object, New York City
04 - 06 February 2024
Pier Building | G319

Action Tree

Aktion Baum is non-profit organization that has set itself the goal of planting trees - sounds simple right, but it’s more complicated than that. The cost of planting trees is currently very expensive, too expensive. Due to this Aktion Baum has decided to take a more holistic approach with a complete proprietary value chain starting with the cultivation of seedlings, a basic regional concept (Heimat.Wald), and ending with planting. It is probably the most ambitious reforestation project in Germany.

We didn‘t have to be convinced about this project, instead finding ourselves enthusiastic about it from the first minute. Redecker is a corporate partner of Aktion Baum and has participated in this campaign since its founding year. What does this mean? With every sale / purchase of a Redecker product, we, through our valued customers, support the ecologically sensible and natural reforestation in Germany. Hopefully we have also aroused your interest! You can learn more at and of course help directly with your own personal contribution. We would be delighted! Thank you, as always, for your support.

The history of our brushes

How we became what we are: A brief historical overview.

Creation of the business by Friedrich Redecker as an independent brush maker on 15/06/1935

Death of Friedrich Redecker on 29/12/1986

Continuation of the business by Jutta and Gernot Redecker – 
Sales of brushes at weekly, craftsman‘s and Christmas markets

Transition to using all natural materials Beginning of wholesale trade and  roduction and creation of the 1st catalogue First participation at the fair of  cological consumer‘s fair „NaturVita“ in Dortmund

Participation in the 1st trade fair for health food and nature goods, the „BioFach“ in Ludwigshafen

1st participation in the world’s biggest consumer goods fair, the „Ambiente“ in Frankfurt – 
and thereby, the first world-wide export trades

1st participation of a total of 10 at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg

Entry into new factory building with an office, dispatch spaces, and larger warehouse
Opening of a retail shop with mainly brushes, as well as toys, kitchenarticles, and gifts

1st participation in the consumer goods fair, „Interior Lifestyle,“ held in Tokyo, Japan

Beginning of the collaboration in France with the agency, Marie Jeanne à Paris

First participation in the consumer goods fair, „Maison & Objet,” held in Paris, France

Extension of the existing factory by new warehouse space

Entry of Felix Redecker into the business

Entry of his wife Jana Redecker into the business
Opening of a 2nd retail shop in Westerlandon the Germanisland of Sylt

Expansion of production area due to increased space requirements

1st participation in the consumer goods fair „Birmingham Spring“, held in England

Participation in the Celebrity Gift Show in Hollywood for the 2014 Oscars

Enlargement of all operational areas

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Dear friends and customers of Redecker,

A new year – a new look: Our new website and Webshop is officially online!
All Redecker products and our way of inventing and living can be found on our new website. We invested a lot of work, heart and soul.

Do you have any questions? Send us an email or give us a call during our office hours from 8am to 5pm.

We wish all Redecker friends a prosperous new year!

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