Did you learn your craft from a master?
My grandfather used to restore old furniture pieces. I learned from him as a child, but woodworking become my life at a later stage, after a degree in philosophy and a first job in IT. I accomplished my training with a woodturner and learned how to master the lathe.
Is the lathe still your main tool today?
The lathe is the rational part of my craft. It is good to create functional pieces, bowls, table legs. My current research is much more about letting a primordial instinct emerge, trying to push techniques, gestures and materials over the edge.
What inspires you?
I think about primitive men drawing paintings in a cave. I see them creating something starting from a crack on a wall. What message were they trying to convey? Technique was not the point, it was about expressing self, society, individual spirituality.
What is your creative process?
I cut the tree trunk according to the fibres of the tree, and the shapes that I get are my starting point. I use and abuse techniques, materials and finishes and I let my pieces evolve, at least for six months, until they are stable.