Do you do everything on your own?
Yes. Sometimes it can be a bit of a problem, but at the same time it is always very dangerous to get too big, too fast. If you have a big workshop, employees, you end up in a kind of production mindset, and you don’t care that much about the essence of work itself.
How does working solo help bring your ideas to life?
That is the great advantage of doing the whole process from A to Z. A big part of my job is looking at the things I am doing, taking a million decisions every day. I cannot delegate that to somebody else. I believe the public would notice if I did.
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Do you experiment with different types of wood?
The one thing I pay a lot of attention to is where the wood is coming from. I’m much more of an upcycler than a buyer of wood. The wood I use is mainly local, which had to be chopped down anyway. I don’t use any exotic wood.
Do you consider yourself an artist or an artisan?
One doesn’t go without the other. On a day-to-day basis, this is an artisan’s job, but my mind is that of an artist. Also the movement, how you use your tools and materials, is very important, because it’s a prerequisite to accomplish what the artist’s mind wants.