What do you love most about your profession?
The entire process, all the way from the multiphase planning to the last finishing stages. For me, it is important that I don’t have to make compromises along the way. It matters a lot that I can stand behind what I’ve done and the choices I’ve made represent my values.
How is your craft linked to your home region?
Since 1998 I’ve resided in Fiskars, a village in southern Finland. We are a community of 120 artisans, designers and visual artists. Exhibitions are organised yearly, occasionally also abroad and our cooperation is natural. The village also has a shop, open all year.
What are your sources of inspiration?
I’m inspired by modern architecture and arts in general. Forests are a part of my everyday existence, an endless source of inspiration. Concrete objects have fascinated me since childhood, their role, place and function in our life. Inspecting and questioning their usability is a thrill.
What advice would you give an aspiring woodworker?
Choosing an independent profession means choosing a way of life. It requires a lot of work, courage and effort and finding your own path. Giving specific advice is hard since there are a variety of paths to choose from. Realize your own strengths and potential, nourish them and make the most of them.