How I work
I have great respect for wood, and for this reason, the entire manufacturing process is carried out by hand; I use electric tools only if it is absolutely necessary as, in this way, the wood preserves its original characteristics and typical natural appearance.
My work starts with the wood reclamation stage: I find it in old houses, warehouses, building sites, streets and then I take it back to the workshop.
The conception stage is a rich, variegated moment that requires so much inspiration: the tool I use is a special notebook in which I draw motifs and patterns for new projects.
The design stage takes place either in my studio, in the park near my home or in the mountains: these are magical locations as they enable me to immerse myself in nature, to breathe and live it as well as to draw great inspiration from everything around me.
In the workshop, the wood is processed, cut and its value is enhanced: every wood strip has its own unique character, a different texture and colour of its own; my task is to bring out the particular features of every wood type as each one of them is special in its own way.
I only use natural or water-based colours, I study the cultures of other populations to understand how they carried out their ancient colouring processes and bring them back into current use.
For example, to obtain black, I follow an ancient Japanese wood charring technique – Shou Sugi Ban – that, in addition to being a unique chromatic treatment, it is also used to protect the wood itself.
I also like that the life wood has experienced: I also leave the signs left by previous use and the nail holes to speak for themselves, they rightfully become part of the design and beauty of the work of art.