LOGOS and GRADING SYSTEM
My logos are the letters "R" "S" "O" "F" in the alphabet in use in my area about 2,800 years ago. So alphabetic symbols are archaic Etruria.
"R" rought carved
"O" bird's eye
"F" straight grain
Symbols reduplicate or triplicate as the object and the natural pattern of the briar became more beautiful. Symbols are strictly connected to the difficulty in implementation of a certain shape and the time required to execute it. In addiction to this there is my name and year of construction.
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From my notebooks :
……….there’s a sort of rapture - or exactly a rapture - when, at a certain point, the sanding pad responds perfectly to the stresses and the curve that the briar assumes is exactly the one that I’d imagined and at least reached. In that curve I can see others pipes, made by other men who came before me. I realize, then, that i’m not inventing anything at all. I’m maybe grateful to the masters who have worked so far. I’m satisfied that the learning of a craftwork could be as long as a life and that will never arrive to the desired result, but removing matter ,of course, you get closer and softly touch the responsiveness of matter ……
…a notion that could be evident : if the manner of treating the classic , by changing it in its proportions,is modern, the final product is not a modern thing; because the pipe itself, is basically the same over the centuries…….. all those who work, they need more than ever of an historical and professional culture, because today, as never before, the result of hyper - specialization multiplied from the post-industrial repetition dominates us …… of knowledge of a specific object and its history ....
….. the result of my work is inspired by the classic and by a combination of lines, and then specularly fluctuates between the restricted possibilities of the craftwork and the mental tension, to do better
……..digest the mechanic lesson……
……in principle a work of art has always been reproducible …
……..technique is the standardisation of a process obtained through identical repetitions. It is the reduction of an action to its economic limit. Art, on the contrary, is the variation and diversification of a process in order to develop it towards the greatest sensational importance. The artistic experience is an experience of enhancement, an act which is its own purpose . A technique is the same act transformed into a medium …..
…..but also: the reproducibility of the experiment is the foundation of the scientific method. Without reproducible experiments we grope in the dark. We cannot know the exact results. Perhaps what you are looking for , but you will not know how much random. It can be also a remarkable thing, but at the first attempt to reproduction, technical / formal problems arise and you must find a solution………
…..since 2011 i found my home in "Foundation" brand, manufacturing in some way far from mine but in which, many aspects congenial to my way to conceiving the pipe, have settled. It 's also the place where the experiences of some craftsmen cross each other……
…….in theory and practically the roughed carved finishing is an "unfinished", it distorts the line already drawn by the previous tool and it opens the pores of the briar. Contradictory is the fact that the roughed carved finishing takes, then, a finished shape….
…….it seems that some shapes arise from a strictly mechanistic mentality, in fact the machine worker had to drawn lines that could be easily and quickly reproducible…. I’d say that rhodesian and bulldog shapes come up working at the lathe, or however from an idea of a lathe operator … make minimal changes in temporal succession has produced what we call " classic", for the craftman is an endless tank full of elements to work with……
to be continued……