Originally from Monbazillac and the son of a winemaker, my
interest in cabinet-making began at the age of twelve. I was
already completely fascinated by wood, a natural raw material
comprising a major part of our environment. At the time,
totally undaunted by going into every antique shop I saw, I
began to train my eye and build up a knowledge of furniture
styles and wood types.
Having worked as a cabinet-maker for a number of years, my
thirst for art and culture led me to opera.
Opera is all about purity of voice - without any trickery -
and presents a world full of sublime works and compositors, so
for twenty-five years I sang in opera choirs all over France
while based in Marseille.
I returned to my roots 2014, settling in Mauzac which is half
Périgord Noir, half Périgord Pourpre. The cultivation of
tobacco no longer being very lucrative these days, I
transformed an old tobacco-drying hangar into my
cabinet-making workshop where I make copies of old exterior
aspects of joinery, restore furniture, build staircases and
work on other specific projects.
I use electric machinery and a lot of old-fashioned hand tools
as I finish off objects with planning or ornamental sculpted
bas-relief. Because I only work in a regional style I only use
French wood, including for doors and windows for which I also
use old-fashioned hardware (catches, locks, hinges).
The relation between nature and art is obvious. Cabinet-making
is a trade in which one can be in control of the creation from
its source (wood) through to the sale (meeting people and
being involved in projects) and I have chosen this trade for
all these reasons.
Cabinet maker La Rose
24 150 Mauzac et Grand Castang
Tel. +33 (0)5 53 22 39 74