Décrivez votre métier avec des détails sur vos produits, services, expertise et savoir faire
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.
Quels matériaux utilisez-vous? Comment et où vous les procurez-vous?
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.
Quel est le profil type de votre clientèle ?
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 quel âge et dans quelles circonstances avez-vous commencé ce métier ?
- 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.
Où et combien de temps avez-vous été formé avant d'être prêt à créer votre entreprise ? Dans un institut de formation, auprès d’un artisan ou les deux ? Quelle est d’après vous, aujourd’hui, la meilleure façon d'apprendre votre métier ? Ecoles, formations chez l’artisans…
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.
Décrivez les techniques, les outils et les matériaux que vous utilisez dans votre travail.
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.
Quel rôle jouent le « talent » et la « créativité » dans votre profession ?
A fundamental one!
Quelle est la meilleure façon d'apprendre votre métier?
With me, at my studio.
Quel est votre message aux jeunes générations qui pourraient choisir votre profession ?
To have heart, soul and a lot of patience as well as humility. You don't get materially rich from this job.