Werkpunk was founded in 2014 by Dirk Butterling in Linz. With the support of his wife Christina, the young entrepreneur has specialised in product design. In addition to developing and manufacturing his own "Süssholz (sweet wood)" product range, Werkpunk is also available as a manufacturer or engraving service provider for other companies or labels. The liquorice - a filigree wooden typeface/graphic in a high-quality cardboard frame - is distributed via the company's own web shop as well as in selected stores in Austria.
Dirk Butterling works mainly with paper, wood and acrylic in his studio. When the company was founded, the DIY articles were produced manually, mainly by upcycling, using machine tools such as drills, circular saws, etc. The company was then expanded to include the production of DIY products. This meant that series production was not possible in order to be able to produce economically as a sole proprietorship.
In a FabLab Dirk worked for the first time with a laser engraving machine. In 2016, he purchased the Trotec Speedy, which, according to his own statements, was a high-quality piece of equipment. The laser machine enabled him to convert the product to series production. In addition to the machine quality, the proximity to the Trotec company location was also a decisive factor for the young entrepreneur. With the laser engraver, the two can now efficiently produce everything themselves and, in addition to paper, wood and acrylic, also process a wider range of materials (e.g. metal). In addition, very filigree details are now also possible with the laser cutter. In the extended liquorice offer you can now find different motifs or lettering, which are individually available in several colours in the webshop.