Who were your masters?
I had two main influences in my life. One was my father, and everything he taught me about woodworking. His technique was more refined than mine. The other driver in my work is my own artistic urgency: my approach to the craft is eminently exploratory.
When did you decide to dedicate yourself to woodworking?
I had already been a painter for 15 years, when visiting my father we took a local walk together. I found a large oak log, and he challenged me to cleave it with him, transforming it into large wedges. I was fascinated by that process and decided to explore it.
Is that what you mean when you talk of fundamental craft technique?
Cleaving a log is an elementary process that allows you to obtain large pieces of wood, with the simplest of hand tools. There are functional benefits as well, but my interest in the technique is more artistic. I work wood as a sculptor: my pieces are designed as they're being made.
What do you create?
I hardly ever work under commission and all my pieces are one-off, be it essential furniture pieces like stools and benches or proper artworks like my carved wall panels. I enjoy my creative freedom, exploring first and foremost the interaction between shapes and wood grain.