What do you love about turning?
In comparison to woodworking for furniture, which mostly uses already cut planks of wood and has little contact with the material as a whole, I enjoy how woodturning involves working with the wood from its raw form all the way to a final object.
Can you explain one of your specific techniques?
I’m very interested in the balance point of an object, and as I’m finishing a specific piece, I will place it on the smallest possible surface, which highlights its curves. This way each piece can find its balance point on its own.
© Alex Gallosi
How do you get your ideas?
I’m inspired by a range of themes and individuals – definitely by other woodturners, both traditional and contemporary, as well as by ceramics, Japanese arts and crafts, the idea of balance, and also by sculpture. I’m currently fascinated by minerals.
Is there anything most people wouldn’t know about your craft?
I work sometimes with green wood, which means that a piece will continue to transform itself, deform itself, after I’ve completed it. This means that I’m no longer the master of the piece, it will continue to 'work' itself once I’ve finished.