My craft is something totally mine: I did not have any tradition in my family, neither I made any school time study to become a craftsman.

Looking backward I can see that now my job really reflects my approach to the things in life: I share the same vision no matter if I am working or cooking or hiking with my family: love for simple things, authenticity, nature are in my sights.

In case of crafts, wood is the embodiment of all those values, and therefore it is the common trait in all of my creations.

I do not use substitutes like plywood or particle boards, just solid wood, no matter if I am making a piece of furniture, an object for the kitchen, a chandelier or turnings.

I use exclusively locally harvested woods for turnings, and local species for cabinet making because I feel a sort of ancestral connection with them: even if I do like exotic woods, I prefer not to use them since the final object would have to my eyes an estranging feeling, whereas local woods give me a comfortable sensation of familiarity, of relation.

If wood is the common trait in my crafts, design differs.

In furniture and objects I deem function an indispensable characteristic as it's their existence reason, design must not have an end in itself, so I sketch my projects with function in mind, the challenge is matching function with a nice appearance.

In this process wood introduces an uncertainty factor, and this is especially true if wood has personality, if it has knots and a figured grain. Crafts final appearance cannot be like on the paper because of that, and that must be considered during the making. I cannot fall in love with my sketches because I know that they can be changed at any time during the making if wood so requires.

I deem that this is the main difference between a designer and a craftsman, and it is the peculiarity which can makes unparalleled the craftsman job; the ability of design around wood singularities can add an outstanding feature to the object, a feature which cannot be replicated in any other piece.

Part of my designing process is including precious hand made joinery when functional to the appearance, in my head, joinery must add a pleasant note to the job, and not being an unwanted protagonist in the scene.

Traditional hand tools like chisels, hammers, saws, spokeshaves have an utmost importance in making, as they add an extraordinary flexibility to the making process of unique pieces.

All of my construction techniques are absolutely traditional whereas design is not, I am a son of my times, and I have to cope with the heritage of modern Italian designers and artists, they have traced the route and taught a lesson that cannot be ignored.

My crafts have therefore solid roots in the past but look firmly in the future.

On the other hand, when making an artistic turnings or objects, function is no more a goal of the project, designing is absolutely free within the limits imposed by the material itself, the crafts have no purpose except its appearance.

This is the reason why I named a series of turnings in the form of bottles “Il Messaggio è la bottiglia”, that is “The bottle is the message”, even if the piece has a shape which reminds a function, as a matter of fact it has no practical use, its beauty is its reason for being.

Simplicity is the key to create objects I truly love, so I am constantly stripping details to my turnings.

Drawing the conclusion, making can be extremely complicated and difficult, but appearance must be plain, fluid and simple.