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Jef Nicolier

Jef Nicolier Woodturner
Contact
French, English
Hours:
Monday to Saturday 10:30 - 12:30/15:00 - 18:00 (Summer season); by appointment only in Winter
Phone:
+33 652240407
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Connoisseur of Corsican pipes

  • • Jef is a pipe maker and woodturner
  • • His atelier, Legnu Nustrale, opened in 1992
  • • He has been working with wood since his childhood

Based in Fozzano, a typical Corsican village, Jef Nicolier is one of the last pipe makers on the island. He discovered the craft quite randomly by participating in a workshop a friend suggested to him. Trained to the Saint Claude technique, Jef’s pipes are made from briar root, which he likes to combine with galalith or asphodel. Besides smoking instruments, Jef creates pens and perfume sprays, made of other local woods such as olive or cork oak. Naturally marbled tones, dark and light contrasts, the woodturner likes to mix and play with the character of the material. Each object is unique: “I do not sketch: the wood lathe is my initiator of forms.”

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Works

  • ©Jef Nicolier
  • ©Frédéric Mortain
  • ©Frédéric Mortain
  • ©JCAttard
  • ©Jef Nicolier
Photo: ©Jef Nicolier
Pipe mermaid

The particularity of Pipe mermaid is that, like all the mermaids around the world, it rests on its caudal fin. The pipe is crafted from briar root, galalith and acrylic resin for the stem. The various components of the pipe are hand turned on a lathe.

Height 13 cm
Width 6 cm

Photo: ©Frédéric Mortain
Pipe mermaid

The pipe is crafted from briar root and galalith, a synthetic plastic material. The base of the bowl is incised with the image of an ammonite like shell. The various components of the pipe are hand turned on a lathe.

Height 16 cm
Width 4 cm

Photo: ©Frédéric Mortain
Pipe mermaid

The pipe is crafted from briar root and white galalith, a synthetic plastic material. The base of the bowl is incised with the image of an ammonite like shell. The various components of the pipe are hand turned on a lathe.

Height 16 cm
Width 6 cm

Photo: ©JCAttard
Pen mermaid

This pen is made from olive tree and galalith. The pen is signed with the name of the workshop, like all the objects made by Jef Nicolier. The various components of the pen are hand turned on a lathe.

Photo: ©Jef Nicolier
Pipe

This pipe is made from briar root, galalith and acrylic resin, shown resting on the branch of an olive tree. All the pipes crafted by Jef Nicolier are made with local woods and silver-copper-brass inlays and are signed with the name of the workshop. The various components of the pipe are hand turned on a lathe.

Height 15 cm
Width 4.5 cm

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