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Zina Manesa-Burloiu to the left and collaboration partner Terry Martin to the right.
Tormek’s new sharpening studio in Lindesberg was officially opened on Sunday April 2nd and visited by two world-class craftsmen, woodturner Terry Martin and woodcarver Zina Manesa-Burloiu, who have worked together for over 20 years. During the inauguration, the duo worked on creations in their specialist fields and shared which tools, woods and techniques they use in the process.
The new premises are spacious and give Tormek the opportunity to organise courses and demonstrations. For the inauguration’s main guests Zina and Terry – who travelled from Romania and Australia – the visit to Lindesberg was the first stop on a three-month tour, during which they will showcase their joint works. The duo has been working together for over twenty years and takes advantage of today’s technology to make their creations.
- Even though we are 14,997 kilometres apart, it’s like we’re working beside each other in the same room, Terry explains and Zina continues.
- There are many reasons for the success of our collaboration. Mutual respect for our skills is important, as well as a deep understanding of each other’s techniques. But I think our personalities are also complimentary. He’s more intuitive, but I like to analyse. We also have a very similar sense of humour and laugh a lot – especially at ourselves.
Tormek’s CEO Håkan Persson welcomed the guests and among the treats offered, one could find locally made sweets.
The day after the inauguration, Zina ran a course on woodcarving for about 20 participants from different locations in Sweden. During the course, the participants learned more about chip carving, as well as what to think about when doing that type of work. Tormek’s CEO Håkan Persson stated that he is very pleased with the opening ceremony and proud of the new studio, which is designed to stimulate interest in sharpening for the practical creative arts.
- We have previously received requests to host courses here at Tormek and we are now pleased to be able to provide that opportunity. The idea is also to use this space as a photo studio and produce more inspiring material for our users worldwide, he says.
The day after the inauguration, Zina ran a course in which the participants learned about chip carving.
Terry Martin has been a professional woodturner and carver for nearly 30 years, working from Brisbane, Australia. He has exhibited across Oceania, Europe, Asia and North America, and is known for pushing the limits of what can be achieved by using traditional techniques. Terry is also a writer and commentator. His stories and books on the crafting of wood have been published in many countries and languages.
Zina Manesa-Burloiu has been a professional carver for 26 years and works from her studio in Brasov, Romania. From her beginnings as a traditional carver, she has achieved unchallenged status by taking her apparently simple craft to a level that has never been seen before. Zina has toured the world since 1998, demonstrating and teaching across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.