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Wood Turner

In 1982 I was working as an apprentice to an antique furniture restorer, my intended trade, and for some time my main source of income. One day, while out walking in the Alps, I stumbled upon an old farmer. He showed me how to create beautiful ladles and bowls from a log of wood, using just a roncola and a special curved knife. It was love at first sight and I cut back on my restoration projects to experiment and adapt both the tools and the forms I could create to realise my own taste. I then began selling some of my fine wooden bowls and cutlery in the market. Having learnt the basic tenets of woodworking, I went on to hone my skills in what has become my passion, learning the secrets little by little, my work evolving as I continue in my pursuit for perfection.

In 1996 I moved to the Umbrian hills and left behind my work in furniture restoration to dedicate myself fully to working on my farm and my passion for wood craftsmanship. I particularly like to use the wood of olive trees; they are so hard and full of character. I still make bowls and spoons of all shapes and sizes but also platters and vessels utilising a wide variety of techniques and many tools.

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