I have always found it difficult to talk about myself, however, I will do my best to explain what it is that I do with my hands. I was born in Abruzzo, a central region of Italy, where I was surrounded by nature in all her grandeur and splendour; forests, rivers, lakes, mountain ranges, a rare desert highland, and a magnificent sea. I spent much of my formative years there before I moved to Florence, where I'm still living today. My high school and university education was predominantly in the arts, along with a broader study of humanistic and philosophical subjects. During those years I completed a variety of courses such as: sculpture, plaster, clay, and of course, wood. I also spent most of my free time training myself as a professional black and white photographer. It was at this time that I discovered that wood would become the most desirable material for any of my formal researches in sculpture. I created many works in those years using my photography and recycled wood, combined together in large installations as well as in simple materic frames. After that rather young season, and subsequently the birth of my first daughter, I abandoned those ambitious projects and I commenced working as an apprentice woodcarver and cabinetmaker in two different workshops. Woodturning has followed a parallel and continuous path for me. Today I can say that my training was completely self-taught and it all started with a simple twist of fate in a thrift shop one day. I have devoted myself for about fifteen years to the various aspects of woodturning both as a business and an art form, but I have always found it as a personal way to research a balance between my inner shapes and what nature can communicate. As a sculptor, I am always searching as to how a form can interact, share, position, and fill the space around it. All my works are a reflection of my experience through research, combined with elements of culture, literature, music and figurative arts. From 2014 to 2016 I have spent most of my working time creating two large sculptures in olive wood made out of single blanks; an altar and an ambon for Santa Croce Church in Vinci, in the city of Florence. Currently I spend most of my time to drawing and expressing myself in the creation of smaller objects such as bowls, hollow forms, and others to which this website is mostly dedicated. But aside, part of my working time is also dedicated to teaching and holding small workshops on bowl turning.
All my pieces are created from the local woods in the Chianti area. I personally harvest the trees around my workshop during the winter season. The majority of these trees are from oak and evergeen oak coppiced woods, which would otherwise be used as firewood, or where old olive groves are replaced by vineyards. Small wood blanks can also be obtained from prunings in the Springtime, however my favourite blanks all come from olive roots or trees affected by diseases, both of which produce burls, spaltings, and have amazing visual effects on wood. I have discovered that this practice has helped me to have a completely different approach with the material, and indeed, with the entire working process. In addition to being sustainable, it allows me to have a deeper relationship with each piece which did not exist when I was working with ready-made tables. If you can imagine the noise that the fall of a big tree in the forest makes - a loud and sad thud, accompanied by a surreal silence. I call it “the last breath of the tree”, and it is for me the most important moment of the whole process. It allows me to internalise that unique sound in a message which I can then translate into all of my works. As well as this, and despite the fact that it involves more labour during the sanding process, I have chosen to use mainly organic and locally-produced products for the finishing, such as sunflower seed oil and beeswax, except in some rare instances where a more resistant finish is required at the final use of the piece.
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