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Another of the turners who paved the way is Christophe Nancey. Trained initially by Gérard Bidou, he started creative turning in 1983, and by 1986 he had discovered the technique which distinguishes his work now. Blending pewter with wood, Nancey assembles mosaics of wood in a complex process involving jigs and demountable forms. Combined with his superb eye for line and form, it enables him to create some of the best pieces made in France today.

Under the Sign of Pi by Christophe Nancey

"Under the Sign of Pi"
by Christophe Nancey
ash, pewter and steel
208 cm (81 7/8") high

Typically bold is "Under the Sign of Pi" which stands over two meters tall. The exquisite line of the vessel alone would have satisfied most turners, but in a truly creative inversion he has suspended the main body from its own crown. This piece deserves to be recognized as one of the great pieces of turned wood art. Nancey also participated in the ITE in 1997.

As the work of these famous turners has become better known, there has been a steady stream of newcomers who have injected new ideas into the field. Remi Verchot seems too young to have been working for long, but he has achieved more in a few years than most turners can hope to achieve in a lifetime. Still only 21, he started turning at the age of 12 and soon found his way to Jean-François Escoulen, who gave him a solid grounding. As an enthusiastic boy he was almost set on fire by the '95 conference and he determined to explore the exciting world of international turning as soon as he could. (see next page)