Describa su profesión, con detalles sobre sus productos, servicios, habilidades específicas y know how
My craft comes from abroad, specifically from the Czech Republic. Due to its specificity, there are no traditions in our country. It can be said that I am practically a pioneer in its development on a professional basis. What specifically attracted me at the time was the opportunity to create a product with a purely functional and aesthetic function. It combines the basics of my education (industrial design) and my love for handcrafted items.
¿Qué materiales se utilizan? ¿Donde y como los encuentras?
I have mainly been working with Spanish briar in recent years, this is the wood from which the pipe heads are made. For the mouthpieces I use German and Japanese ebonite, acrylics, alternative materials, as well as bamboo, horn, silver to decorate the neck of the pipe.
¿Cuál es el perfil típico de su clientela?
A difficult question, given the ever-evolving and changing circumstances of today. Years ago I would have said - a real analog, living store, but nowadays things happen over the internet apparently. In my opinion, social networks would be a good foundation, but on the other hand, they are not what they used to be.
¿A qué edad y bajo qué circunstancias comenzó este trabajo?
- The circumstances were a return to Bulgaria after 5 years spent in the Czech Republic. I was looking for an alternative for myself given that we had lost touch with current work contacts.
¿Dónde y cuánto tiempo ha recibido instrucción antes de estar listo para comenzar su propio negocio? ¿En un instituto de formación, con un artesano o ambos? ¿Cuál cree que es la mejor manera de aprender su trabajo hoy? ¿Escuelas, formación con artesanos ...?
Self-taught, but combined with everything I've learned working with materials and tools along my education. Subsequently, the exchange of experiences with colleagues was also valuable.
Describa las técnicas, las herramientas y los materiales que utiliza en su trabajo.
The process usually begins with sketching. This is the moment when I think about the image I want to create, proportions. Sometimes I also make templates, which I then have and work with. Then follows the selection of the correct block of wood and material for the mouthpiece, which is then shaped with the help of a bandsaw. Then if the shape is circular, it is shaped more precisely on a lathe where the tobacco holes, flue and plug hole are also drilled to fit the mouthpiece. This is followed by manual sanding with different sandpapers and a finish according to the idea.
¿Qué papel desempeñan el "talento" y la "creatividad" en su profesión?
A fundamental one!
¿Cuál es la mejor manera de aprender tu profesión?
With me, at my studio.
¿Cuál es su mensaje para las generaciones más jóvenes que podrían elegir su profesión?
To have heart, soul and a lot of patience as well as humility. You don't get materially rich from this job.