Rolf was born and bred in Germany, in the Rhine Valley. The other half of his family lives in Kent, where the Hooks originate from.
He has a Master's degree in Fine Woodworking and in 1989 was presented with the German State Award for his work. Today he lives and works in Herefordshire and exhibits where his work takes him.
Almost everyone looking and touching my work calls it ‘tactile’. Yes, there is a beginning, an idea, a search and study of the right piece before I put my hands to it. At some point it speaks and presents itself and tells a story. I am not needed anymore. I believe that's the way it is, once you have become 'one' with what you (love to) do.