“Frame workshop” by Stefano Ajello

Once upon a time there was craftsmanship… And there still is.

1. What do you create and propose to your customers in your workshop?
My workshop produces frames and handcrafted objects made with discarded wooden things such as old shutters, inside window-shutters and the like.

2. Why are your creations unique?
Because I make them myself. Obviously, when you do manual work, you put all of yourself into it. What I do reflects my story and my way of seeing things. I feel my creations are very special.

3. What materials do you use and transform? Do you employ any special techniques?
My works are completely made of wood. Regarding decorations, I use various kinds of paper, choosing from among those that best suit the type of wood and the function of the object. Wood is worked according to methods derived from the artisan tradition to which I stick with respect and attention.

4. Where did you learn how to do this work and how long have you been doing it? Will you pass your wealth of knowledge and experience on to anybody else?
I learned by myself, relying on my creativity and my personal taste. It has been a long journey, but I feel fully satisfied when I think that I have done all that I have achieved by myself. I have been engaged in this craftwork for 16 years and, up to now, I haven’t found anybody to whom I can pass on my knowledge and experience. I regret this, because I possess a wealth of skills.

5. In what way does your activity belong to the history and traditions of this city?
Perugia has always had a great artisan tradition. I feel that I must honour and respect it. Indeed, I’m guided by my own creativity, but the basic techniques that I apply are closely linked to the artisan traditions of this city.

6. What is your personal way of participating in the future of Perugia?
Continuing to practise such noble and humble craftwork is a privilege for me. In my opinion, this is a way of being useful to my city. If we forget our past, it will be difficult to make progress.

7. What arouses your enthusiasm and what makes you the proudest of what you do?
Realizing that those who see my works like them. I don’t want to boast, but many people who enter my workshop congratulate me a lot. It gives me great pleasure when I see that my merits are appreciated and I am able to make my clients happy.

8. What is the greatest emotion that you would like to convey to someone who buys one of your creations?
I feel excited when people like my craftwork. When they take home something that gives them pleasure saying “it’s simply beautiful”. It is an enormous gratification for me when one of my customers is certain to have made the right choice in purchasing one of my creations.

9. How would you persuade, in a few words, a customer to enter your workshop?
“Please come in to smell the odours and feel the atmosphere of a real artisan workshop.”

10. What are your customers’ most frequent comments about your creations?
They are much impressed seeing how many objects can be made out of “useless” wood. And they are curious to know the traditional artisan techniques that I still use. Today, there aren’t many of us left.

Laboratorio di Corniceria di Stefano Ajello, Corso Cavour 119 – 06121 Perugia
Tel.: 075 5720821
328 8229143

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