Semmy – Carpenter

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THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS

1. IN ONE SENTENCE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT YOU DO?

I give my contribution to Puglia’s Beauty saving a piece of olive tree from being burned in order to create an object which is alive, an object that in everyday life talks about the place comes from, my homeland. I’m a super-hero, let’s say.

2. WHAT DID YOU LEARN THANKS TO YOUR HANDS?

I mainly learned that each one of us has some manual skills. You need to look into it. I learned to recognize love within every object, and after a while I can also see who made it; most of the time there’s no one…there’s no love, no quality. I also learned that using your hands is a shortcut to know yourself, some say it help to become a better person, I say it’s the best way to become yourself.

 3. IF YOU HAD TO ADVICE A TEENAGER TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

I’ll tell you a story about a kid’s taking piano classes, and that kid is me. I was full of joy in the beginning, it was a dream coming true. But the adventure lasted only a few years, and you know why? My teacher had no enthusiasm, I left music for twenty years. It is all about enthusiasm! Most of adulthood is about sacrificing it for a good salary, a depressing and stressing job that nothing has to do with your skills. And teenagers after studying for 10 years they feel the same.  You know, I started believing that in the end of the day words aren’t much of use to answer this question. Anoine de Saint-Exupéry was right “If you want to build a boat do not gather men to cut the wood, giving them orders, but teach them the nostalgia for the vast and infinite sea”.

THE SURVIVING STORY

I started four years ago, but I feel like I’ve always been doing this. Years working as a Plantar Reflexology and studying Biological Science where not enough to kill the need to make stuff. I good friend of mine always said to me: You’ve got big hands, you should make something! But what could I do?

One night we were visiting siblings and the pater familias showed us the very table on which we were having dinner…I still remember how I was surprised by the story behind it, and I remember how I felt soon after that when my hands showed me what they can actually do out of the blue. I had no idea! I understood you need very little to create something beautiful, you don’t have to go too far. Since then my skills grow day after day, the tools are less raw and my hands more…used, but my enthusiasm is very well and alive, and this is enough to build all of the boats I will need in the future.

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