Today we are on a “wood” mood and we talk about Friedemann Bühler, who does an incredible woodturning work in his vesels.
What does wood represent for you?
It is a living material; I love the never-ending challenge of working with it.
First you select the wood, then you treat it. How did you learn to do it?
I am completely self-taught.
Do you have any favorite types of wood you prefer to work with?
My favorites are ash and oak wood.
Does each type of wood have their own sound, in resonance for example?
Yes that is true, and each wood is very different to work with. They also have different smells and so on…
Do you work on your own?
Yes I am self-employed and work alone.
What would be your ideal project?
A project with complete freedom, in budget and time.
What is the most difficult thing in your work?
To always have the right things in stock for individual requests.
I never learned to play a musical instrument.
Use a crane for heavy loads.
I grew up… on a farm.
As a child, I wanted to be… a farmer.
I never saw myself… as an artist.
I am… 48 years old.
My favorite pastime… is cycling and gardening.
My work represents… my personal point of view of minimalism.
Working… in my studio is what I love to do.
I feel at home… with my family.
I currently live… in a small village in southern Germany.
On a rainy day… it’s wonderful to be in my workshop, much better than on a sunny day.
I couldn’t live without… my bicycle.
Everyday I like… to walk with our family dog.
Art is… very satisfying.
I would travel to… anywhere by bicycle.
In 10 years… I hope to still be doing what I do now, but with more time to travel.