Did you learn from any master?
After primary school I chose the only school that at that time was offering apprenticeships. My master was a leading carpenter in Podhale and this training lasted three years. I would use every moment to help with various projects and stayed in the workshop until late.
When did woodturning become your passion?
I was already using the lathe in my works, but it was the moment when my friend brought me a catalogue of works of American artists and woodturners. Those hollow bowls, made from one piece, were what excited me. So I decided to do it myself.
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What's the most important part of your working process?
When I approach a block of wood, I have a vision of an object in my head, or a drawing. But nature will modify it. I’ll start shaping and a certain wood grain will appear, which I didn't expect. This unpredictability, forming my work around nature’s intentions, is what I enjoy most.
What techniques help you embrace nature?
I work with fresh, wet wood. Disease, insect attacks and mould are part of wood’s natural environment. Once I finish my work on the lathe, I will leave the object and let nature do its work. When it dries, it wrinkles and cracks. The process deforms the object and once it finishes, my work is done.