Visit A French Workshop Where Bodywork Is Still Formed By Hand And Hammer

The humble hammer is possibly the least refined tool of the artist, but when you are a master of metal it’s the tool of choice. Hubert Haberbusch is one such master. Since 1989 he has run HH Services Carrosserie in the city of Strasbourg, France, restoring, and recreating from the ground up, some incredible classic cars. Seeing as this is one of the few places where panels are still beaten by hand, I took some time to visit Hubert’s workshop on the outskirts of the city to see the weird, the wonderful, and the sublime.

Between his slightly unkempt white hair and a nervous energy that keeps him thumbing through reference books and folders of photos, there is a little of Back to the Future’s Dr. Emmett Brown in Mr. Hubert Haberbusch. There is also the time travel element in his workshop, filled as it is with huge antiquated metal machines. The clang of hammers and anvils and metal becoming artwork make up the percussive sounds of automotive workshops from a century ago,