At 18, after leaving school, my father established himself as “Craftsman” without ever having learned anything about the professions using wood. This took place in 1953.
He settled in Tourrettes-sur-Loup in 1958, by opening a workshop on the east side of the ‘Grand rue’ (main road). There were very few tourists in the winter, so he placed a piece of trunk on his shoulder and went to work in the sun, just above the village. He fell ill in 1960, and had to leave it all behind, but thanks to his will power, and despite his handicap he was able to establish himself more in 1965 and once again in the ‘Grand Rue’, but this time on the West side.
In his time, there was an olive wood craftsman in every village of the region, the activity was in full swing. Unfortunately, throughout time and due to the absence of buyers, these workshops have progressively closed.
Today, I am one of the last representatives of this savoir-faire in France.
Today, the adze had given way to the rotary rasp and the small hand saw to the belt sander. The workshop and the boutique have changed but the desire and appetite to model olive wood remains.
I have taken up the flame, after having spent my childhood “knocking up” small cars and swords in the workshop next to my father. It was like this, quite naturally, that the love of olive wood came to me and that I decided to make this my profession.
I spent four years in a training school to obtain a professional diploma as cabinet maker, then the knowledge how to work on olive wood occupied me fully, because this wood is like no other and the technics of how to work it are not taught in any school.