Our first prerogative, through the sale, is to make people know the beauty and passion that lie behind an object made in an artisan way. Whether it’s wood, leather, glass, ceramics or similar, what matters is the creativity and experience of the craftsman. Taking the example of olive wood, its processing begins at the time of its maturation in the form of planks or logs. It can last from about 2 to 8 years, period during which, the wood undergoes strong variations and contractions that eventually determine the real surface suitable to be processed. Then you move to the choice of the trunk or table to be used, depending on the object you want to achieve. The techniques and tools used are various, from the pantograph, to cutters, band saws, lathe, gouges, lasers and their choice is entrusted to the experience of the artist who knows how to embark on a real “mission”. On the other hand, once the object is finished, its veins will make it different and unique and rather suitable for use in the kitchen because it is compact and therefore very porous. In fact, it does not absorb the smells of what you cut. In addition, you can have advantages depending on the object to use, for example: with cutting boards you can cut and serve everything (vegetables, cold cuts, cheeses, meat, fish, chocolate) without the knife crumble or ruin it. Suitable for serving soft cheeses (on the olive tree do not stick). Or the bowls, beautiful and eternal, depending on the size can contain fruits, nuts, bread, cold rice, panzanella, pasta, salad, soups, legumes, olives, various types of jams or spices.
Each item is a unique piece hand carved !
Each object a small work of art!
Even for leather notebooks the concept of “craftsmanship” is roughly the same as olive wood. Each notebook is slightly different from the other by virtue of the tannins which, being vegetable and not synthetic, always differ at each tannin. The techniques of workbooks are of two types: “dry” and “sublimation”. Dry, for example, are the notebooks with or without Tau imprinted on the cover; it remains the most common printing technique: with the pressure and heat is permanently engraved on the leather. The binding with the long wrap-around tie seems to date back to the time of the amanuensi and used to hold together the less important manuscripts that were not bound in a classic but more expensive way, ie sewing and gluing between them the various pages (almost always parchment) until we create the manuscript as we know it today. A “sublimation” instead is a technique in which, through the use of pressure, temperature and steam, are “pushed” the pigments inside the surface layer of the skin. Basically it could be defined as a real tattoo, indelible in itself. This is also the reason why there is no thickness between the sublimated part and the hand-dyed leather part.
Among the objects proposed there are also those executed directly by us such as rope bracelets assembled with spheres of olive and glass or rosaries originally created for the Franciscans and the Poor Clares. Very decorative are the Tau, the squares or rustic slices that we paint by hand with acrylic tempera. A technique that is well suited to be used on the olive tree that often acts as a background or contour to the painting itself.