Descrivi la tua professione, dando dettagli sui prodotti, i servizi, le competenze specifiche e il saper fare.
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.
Che materiali usi? Come e dove te li procuri?
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.
Qual è il profilo tipico della tua 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 che età e in quali circostanze hai iniziato questo lavoro?
- 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.
Dove e per quanto tempo sei stato formato prima di essere pronto per iniziare la tua attività? In un istituto di formazione, con un artigiano o entrambi? Quale pensi sia il modo migliore per imparare il tuo lavoro oggi? Scuole, formazione con artigiani ...?
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.
Descrivi le tecniche, gli strumenti e i materiali che usi nel tuo lavoro.
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.
Che ruolo hanno "talento" e "creatività" nella tua professione?
A fundamental one!
Qual è il modo migliore per imparare la tua professione?
With me, at my studio.
Qual è il tuo messaggio per le generazioni più giovani che vorrebbero scegliere la tua professione?
To have heart, soul and a lot of patience as well as humility. You don't get materially rich from this job.