When did you decide to start this craft?
When I took part in a workshop at the agricultural school of Sartène. The idea was to teach us to transform a local material, traditional “ébauches” – straight wood blocks made with briar root – which only grows in the Mediterranean, into finished pipes, giving them a local added value.
How do you express tradition in your work?
In my use of local woods. At the moment I am still using wood blocks that were cut by the last remaining sawyer in 2004, he has been cutting wood for 60 years. For the pens and perfume sprays I make, I use local wood that I collect and saw myself.
What makes a well made pipe to you?
To me, it is first and foremost about function. If the object works well it is well made. All the pipes I designed are tested (at the prototype stage) by friends who smoke, and I always feel quite emotional when I see them smoking one of my pipes for the first time.
Do you think your profession will disappear?
I believe not. I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop in the Fablab of Corte, I saw lots of interest in what I showed which gave me great reassurance. I collaborated with a young designer on an idea to mix our knowledge to create objects that derived from both turning and digital control.