I believe in working in close relationship with the material. Understanding wood and respecting its nature is at the very core of my trade. I keep that spirit in mind from the design to the completion of the piece, whether it is my own standard designs or a bespoke item to meet my client's request.
I do everything by myself, enjoying every step of the process since the first meeting with my clients.
One piece at a time
My highest concern is to provide the best quality I am capable of in terms of craftsmanship, aesthetics and service to my clients. To create my pieces at the highest of standards I combine high-quality machinery with hand tool techniques, achieving beautiful and long-lasting joinery. Planes, chisels and other traditional tools are of great importance in my work and receive daily use and care. I choose fine materials too, being oak, cherry, walnut and ash some of my favourite timbers.
I am lucky enough to have my own sawmill, so when possible I cut the trees up into pieces myself. This way I can explore grain patterns and get the best out of a particular log. Sometimes my clients come to me because a family tree planted by their ancestors died. We then give it a new life so it can remain for future generations. It is a deeply rewarding experience with a strong emotional dimension.
Is a conviction of mine that there must be reciprocity in our relationship with the land. This is why I use solid wood as opposed to other less ecologic materials. I always try to find sustainably harvested timber. In addition to this, a part of my income goes to reforestation programs.
I enjoy sharing my experience with other people. This is why I teach introductory workshops to hand woodworking. Through an array of small projects, my students learn a great deal about all the processes involved in cabinet making, from blade sharpening to hand applied finishes. At present, I offer weekend sessions in ArtallaBCN, a small woodcarving shop in L'Hospitalet (Barcelona). You can find more information at the teaching section of this website.