How did you begin woodworking?
I always made things, all sorts of things. I did not have a family tradition in the field nor masters, but after my “big awakening” – the moment I quit working for big corporations to leave behind their toxic culture – I felt the need to express myself, to make something with my hands, in a responsible way.
Are you happy with your life change?
Being a carpenter allows me to act on two axis at the same time. On one hand I take care of my mental health, expressing myself through my craft, on the other hand, I can implement good practices in terms of sustainability, to respect the planet.
What is your approach to sustainability?
I avoid chemicals and I only use locally sourced timber. I try my best to use damaged, broken, diseased pieces, saving beautiful timber from otherwise being chipped, burnt or thrown in a landfill, and I transform them into creations designed to last.
Does the design reflect your approach?
The design evolves from the material itself, as a celebration of its imperfection, which is full of character and beauty. I love the contrast between the imperfection of the material and the clean, sharp lines of my furniture pieces: it’s a contrast which helps make people aware.