Dear Customers ,

Our workshop is currently in the process of moving from the 23rd of April to the 17th of May. Therefore it won't be easy for us to satisfy all of your requests on this period, though we will try hard, and our communication tools will be momentarily interrupted from the 5th to the 17th of May.
For any quiery during this time, please use e-mail as a mean of contact. Our activities will gradually resume throuought the month of May.

Thank you for understanding,

Raphaël Thirion

News : Wood-turner

 Formerly a "wood turner" was a polyvalent craftsman. Mostly a poet and resourceful person, his trade often developed around a regional activity (Sheffield tools handlers. Vercors place settings, or Lorraine's violin pegs).
Throughout history, he turned fashion to his advantage (ivory pearls, boxwood game parts, or serinette, a music box imitating bird songs.)
In opposition to today's art turners, their production was essentially utilitarian, and often associated with other industries: cabinet making, table makers, ivory workers or layetiers (sewing kits, tobacco and glasses cases).
       
This art is not only about creating pretty items, but also about tools making or any ingenious invention.
This is why the use of rare materials is no secret to him. He works with horn, tortoise shell, elephant ivory, gold or rare woods. He must, of course be able to work with special tools, and understand the requirements of the orders he receives, should it be the precision of a tool or the beauty of a unique master work.

The turning industry has come to a stop for the past 25 years, since moulded plastics, modern production and the giving up of the old way of decorating -plating, marquetry, metallic engraving-. The ban on rare material (ivory, shell, some exotic woods) came into picture. Due to automated turning, the trade is slowly becoming obsolete.

Its recent return, first in Anglo-Saxon countries, is spreading as an art or a creative hobby.