The history of the Mollenhauer company name dates back to 1822. It began with an initiative by Johann Andreas Mollenhauer (1798–1871) and has continued through several generations to the present day. Members of the Mollenhauer family represent the many men and women – artisans and merchants, musicians and teachers – who have been associated with this family and who have shared and contributed their skills for nearly 200 years. The name Mollenhauer, like many other surnames, indicates a profession: the mold maker made wooden troughs and corn shovels – he molded molds, which were used by bakers, butchers, etc. and also in family homes for the preparation of pasta, roasts and other similar uses. The family of the company's founder, however, had not been dedicated to the craft of molds for some time, when in 1815, at the age of 16, he left his hometown of Fulda and set out on the road to further his training as a turner and watchmaker. The first Mollenhauer flutes, clarinets and oboes date from 1823. Almost 200 years after the company was formed, Mollenhauer remains as enthusiastic and receptive as ever to modern-day musicians and their needs.