What do you like most about your craft?
I have always liked historic objects and architecture, as they reflect so much about our societies and values through time. I love working within the framework given by the respect for historical referencing in Western stylistic periods, and approaching each work in a more contemporary way.
How do you bring that contemporary twist?
Sometimes it is a deliberate response, and sometimes it is simply about presentation. The most ancient historical objects, without so many layers of ornamentation, sometimes convey a more direct message about the human condition, and so today look quite contemporary, while other periods communicate through their contemporary associations.
Do you use any machinery?
I work with my hands and hand tools, using machines only when strictly necessary. Tactility is fundamental to me, like a primitive connection to the material. It is about being able to listen to the grain of the piece of wood and respond appropriately.
Is your craft influenced by sustainability concerns?
Creating quality objects and ensuring their lifespan is a first step towards sustainability, not to mention the honour of preserving the heritage of this craft. I also integrate more and more sustainable practices in my craft, for example for the sourcing of materials.