Bio - Xyloman
Xyloman, I am it
I always worked in the wood. Cabinet maker during twenty years in the cabinetmaking, I made, a few years ago, a return for the source: I returned to forest, I returned to the tree. I also went back up in time, that of my childhood at the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau, and that, ancestral, the traditional shaping of the wood, to make objects today cut in simple tree trunks, without any assembly.
In brief, monoxyla.
I became a lumberjack.
In the contact of foresters in Burgundy, I developed particular techniques to sketch the forms in situ, straight from grapes. In this silvicultural environment, I was brought to meet owners of forest, foresters, local sawmills and agents of the French National Forestry Office. A whole world the existence of which I knew, but which was distant when I practiced as cabinet maker. In my previous activity, the wood was a material; today it is a raw material. A starting point, and also what holds the first place.
This return to the source also pushed me towards the strictest working drawing in the shape. Certainly I was influenced by the architects with whom I worked. But this taste for the minimalism, if he expresses himself in the design of my creations today, is also a principle which applies to the manufacturing process. I adopted a light equipment , without any machine of workshop, and my equipment is globally simpler than that of a small joinery. I use primitive techniques of direct size, the by replacing simply axes by chain saws, but with the objective to create, in a raw material, tamed, contemporary objects.