I was born in São Paulo Brazil in a traditional neighbourhood. I was very fortunate to be involved with Brazilian popular cultural from an early age. I started to play drums early and to be related in the cultural background of my country until this day.
I graduated in Philosophy from Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil. As a philosopher, I know everything, just send me an inbox! Since I have this rich cultural knowledge and a university graduation, I worked as an art educator, educator and workshop leader for many years in Brazil. This experiences put me in front of the word of art a knowledge that influences my life until today.
I have been in contact with wood work since my childhood and I was responsible for the maintenance of the drums in many of the percussion groups that I played in the course of my life. I decided to start to work just with wood in the beginning of the Brazilian recent economic crisis in 2015 opening on small workshop with my friend. Being familiar with the work in wood, I decided to invest my time and money in my passion and dream: woodturning. I made two courses of woodturning in São Paulo but it was enough because unfortunately you can’t find good turners and schools which could teach the art of woodturning properly. Later in 2016 I decided to move to Europe and learn more of this art.
I landed in Europe in Dublin when I meet Glenn Lucas. This meeting will change my life. After Ireland, I moved to London to get in a Master’s in St. Martins – UAL but I was forced to give up due to lack of money. At that time I built a small studio in my house, which was a warehouse. In that moment I meet the Worshipful Company of Turners of London. In 2017 I almost won a competition with the company. Later in the same year and because of my good performance in the competition, they send me a personal email about a Award between the Company and the a maker space name Cockpit Arts. I got the award for one year artistic residence starting in 2018.
I did a few days of classes and also got the opportunity to work with Glenn Lucas for a while. I got one big step in my career: knowledge.
Every time he asked me to make something with the lathe or even showed me some new techniques, I was in the paradise! There I realised I didn’t know all most anything in the art of woodturning. I was quite happy since in Brazil we don’t have anything similar to the technology found in Glenn Lucas’ workshop
We don’t even have a bowl gouge for example. Brazilian turners use some parts of the structure of a motorcycle to make gouges. Glenn taught me all most everything I know, for example how to select the good part of a wood in the trunk, what part is the best to cut, how to do a ruffing shape properly, how to dry wood, steps that are necessary before turning and so on. He gave me many tips which you would only realise after years of practice and when someone telling you those tips, you would think “that is so obvious”. This shows how much that fellow knows about this art because he makes it be so simple.
The Worshipful Company of Turners of London
In 2018 I received a one-year award from the Worshipful Company of Turners for a residency at Cockpit Arts, a creative business incubator for crafts people. As a Brazilian turner it is a privilege to be involved with the Turners’ Company – the oldest company of turners in the world with a 700 year history! I believe I am the first South American to be part of this and for sure the first Brazilian to have achieved a residency at Cockpit Arts. Because of the award I had the opportunity to attend a one week course in Scotland with Angus Clyne – whimsical country turner. I learnt the basic techniques of hollowing forms with him.
I have been residing in Cockpit Arts with its 50+ makers in studios in Deptford, London. It’s a traditional space for arts and craft with business coaching and support. In this residence I have the privilege to share space with recent Bursary winner Darren Appiagyei and Eleanor Lakelin who has an international reputation as a turner. Also with artists from different areas. It was my opportunity to start to develop my signature in my works. A beautiful process which never ends… After all, who are we to know what is our signature and who we are when we expresses ourselves?
I was invaded by the Cheam Woodturners Association for a demonstration in 2019. The ask me to showing my personal technique with I had develop for make my signature piece with I call Paulistana Flower. There I explain where was come my design idea and the process to do it.
The base of my flower vase have a square bottom in a round body. For this reason I had the opportunity to perform my undercuts, hollow cuts, normal gouge approach and my sanding digs. I toke about the tools I use and where I have been learning.
I made a woodturning finish course. In the workshop she show me her personal textures style, sand sand blast, bleach and other finish/texture possibilites.
I made a woodturning hollow form course. I had been in total 5 times with Mark in different time. All of those work shops we had a great time to explore deeply the hollow form techniques.
I made a woodturning intensive week course with Angus Clyne. The 7 days curse was just about hollowing techniques.
Geisler Moroder Schnitzschule Reutte
I made a woodturning intensive week course with Geisler Moroder Schnitzschule. It was a specific improvement course for woodturning techniques, pen maker and artistic skills.
Glenn Lucas Studio
Bagenalstown – Ireland
I did five courses with Glenn Lucas, as on tool techniques, tool sharpening, bowl making, spindles techniques and so one.
Cozza di Legno
São Paulo – Brazil
In the school Cozza di Legno I improved my skills and techniques on creacion new woodturning designs once it is a professional artistic course and not just a technical course.
CTT (Joiners Couses)
São Paulo – Brazil
AT CTT I completed my first courses in woodturning. The courses were approximately two months long and I learned both basic and advanced skills of woodturning.