Where do your ideas come from?
Nature and the sea are important sources of inspiration. Seeds, mushrooms, insects, plants, all those forms interest me. Even science fiction! In nature there are some very beautiful structures that can be fairly easily reproduced with sculpture techniques.
Do you use any wood in particular?
I mainly use wood from my region of southern France. Over the past 20 years of working with different types of local wood, I have got to know them, learned to understand their language, what they can give, their technical and mechanical capabilities, and their decorative characteristics.
© Alain Mailland
Which techniques do you use most?
Though I’m called a woodturner, in fact I’m more of a wood artist. I will always be a turner in my soul, because I love it and I’ve invented specific turning techniques, but actually I only turn the pieces right at the beginning, I spend more time sculpting than turning. There’s also a lot of sanding and finishing.
Why do you love this job so much?
Because I can make the work I want to make, when I want to do it. Of course there are constraints, but generally I do what I want. I love that sense of freedom, to be able to realise my ideas and bring happiness to those who like my work. If my work makes people happy, then I’m happy too.