and Activity As a teenager, I loved working with wood… and I then
turned this into my job by becoming a joiner. The wood with
which I made my furniture came from trees that I had chosen
myself and of which I had supervised the sawing and drying.
After 11 years of this I then joined the Ministry of Defence
as a joiner where I designed, created and installed exhibition
I met a retired joiner who turned wood and, inspired, I bought
I learnt and perfected this technique with the help of several
vocational training courses and, during this period,
discovered and became a member of AFTAB- the French
association of woodturning as an art form.
I used a technique known as segmented woodturning and
participated in a number of touring exhibitions at which I won
various prizes (Art Biennial 2004, 2006 and 2010).
For several years, I also led two amateur woodturning clubs
and taught new members the basics of woodturning.
In 2010, I settled in the Dordogne and devoted myself to my
passion for woodturning, making objects out of green wood or
by assembling pieces of wood (lampstands, clocks, boxes, Doric
Philosophy Passionate about wood, I adapt to the different types of
wood that I find to give them a second lease of life.
Effectively, trees fall down or are awkwardly situated so, at
exhibitions I put up a wooden engraved sign that reads “You’ve
got wood, I’ve got ideas, let’s swap...”
This way I can often get wood in exchange for one of my
creations. The different types of wood obtained in this manner
are then stuck together creating a contrast in colour and
wood-vein which, added to the shapes that I turn, make
Wood Turner Atelier « L’Hôme du bois »
1280 route de Saint Agne
24 520 Saint Germain et Mons
Tél. +33 (0)5 53 22 52 44 or +33 (0)6 85 66 79 59
Open all year from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 6pm, Monday to