Wood artist Sjef Guntlisbergen (36) grew up in Brabant and Limburg as third of four sons in an entrepreneurial family. Hard work, entrepreneurial spirit and creativity ware an essential part in his upbringing. Sjef has always sought his own way and went beyond what his environment expected from him. Due to the fact that the catering business demanded a lot of family time, he could develop his own passions beyond the control of his parents.
After the family moved to Limburg, Sjef came into contact with the equestrian sport at a young age. He has a great love for the animals, but did not fit in the structure to be successful in sports. In addition to the love for horses, Sjef spending much of his time outside. With his brothers, he soon built the largest, most exotic tree huts and most beautiful totem pales. Something where he could completely use his creativity. When his schoolwork began to suffer from his many secondary activities, he switched to a practical training school to make woodwork and the timber craft. After a short career in housing construction, Sjef just had to become an entrepreneur and started his own business. Independent entrepreneurship gives him the freedom to combine his commercial timber activities with his artistry.
As a wood artist, Sjef is inspired by his great passion for horses. The fact that both of his activities complement each other, revealed a couple of years ago when Toverland Amusement Park kept refusing him to show his work. As a clever list, he has put together a carefully restored Horse of Troy, which he placed in front of the gates of the park in the middle of the night. In accordance with the legend, the employees carried the horse, filled with information, into the gates. His stunt even generated attention from the media. Resulting in a front page article in Limburgs Dagblad and a personal relationship with the management of Toverland.
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