Owner is teacher for forging at extracurricular educational facility Niederösterreichische Kreativakademie and is host for blacksmith journeymen.
Tannhäuser Schmiede (blacksmith forge studio) is a partner of the European Iron Academy because it would like to support the uplifting of the profession of blacksmiths and metal designers in Europe. It is important to have contact with other European education centers out of learning and teaching-reason.
Thomas Hochstädt was a journey man from 2000 until 2003 and he knows how important it is to learn and travel. Tannhäuser Schmiede would like to offer the possibility of teaching students and show them how important it is to understand each other and have a good cultural exchange during and beside the work. It is specialised in contemporary metal design and reconstruction of historic pieces (restoration). Its major aim is to preserve forging knowledge and techniques, and to use these in practical metal design work.
Mr. Thomas Hochstädt is a member of the delegation of Ybbsitz (competent council) for the international association Ring of the European Cities of Iron Works. He teaches blacksmith skills for students and adults.
The studio Tannhäuser-Schmiede is based in the community Ybbsitz at the Austrian Region Eisenstraße (engl. iron trail). Through a great history in metal elaboration from medieval times until today the Schmiedezentrum Ybbsitz could establish a meeting spot for professionals and interested people in the realm of blacksmith handcrafts and metal design. The biennial blacksmith festival FeRRACULUM, the yearly Schmiedeweihnacht (popular theme christmas market) and the yearly Ybbsitzer Messermarkt (professional knife fair) are among the most popular events about forging culture hosting international visitors within the Austrian community.
The registered association Schmiedezentrum Ybbsitz offers extracurricular courses in forging. The Schmiedeakademie offering extracurricular forging courses for teenagers is hosted in Ybbsitz. Forgingmaster Thomas Hochstädt is a teacher for both institutions.