How do you integrate tradition in your wood sculptures?
Tradition is an important basis for finding new frontiers. I was born and grew up on the edge of the forest, in the High Fens, where my dad is a forest ranger. I want to bring nature back into the house because I feel that the distance between people and the forest is constantly increasing.
Do you work only with local wood?
Yes and also with other natural materials, like leather. I especially like to use the oak that I find near my home. I know where to look for interesting pieces of wood on which I can work directly. I try to highlight what no one sees.
© Jules Lobgeois
What are you trying to achieve with your work?
Wood is a raw material and I try to make it airy, light. I also use the charred wood technique, which gives a special finish that I find extremely beautiful. My idea is not to create icons, but rather unique pieces that can be used from generation to generation.
What would you say to a young person who wants to be a woodworker?
Believe in yourself, make it a reality, be brave, fight for your dreams. Trust in the truth of the making. Look for beauty in the material, craftsmanship and new ideas. And be prepared for a lot of hard work!