20 Minutes With Eli Avisera

Monday 9 July 2018

1. Your work is very ordered, controlled and precise, involving lamination, piercing etc. What caused you to go down this particular route?

I have been a furniture maker as well as a woodcarver and woodturning teacher for many years, and therefore precision and aesthetics is part of my work in woodturning as well

2. If you could invite anyone in the world to an afternoon of turning with you, who would it be, and why?

Jean Francois Escoulen is my very close friend; we have been good friends for many years and therefore feel like brothers. As a woodturner, in my opinion, he is one of the best in the world

3. What are you trying to achieve with your work at this moment in time?

My goal is to continue being a good teacher. My biggest enjoyment is developing new techniques for products, so that there will be more subjects to teach

4. What is your current pet hate, and your like?

I enjoy almost everything in woodturning. I can't think of anything which I dislike. Woodturning is my special love

5. If you could change one thing relating to turning, what would it be, and why?

I would change the approach of schools for wood art, which don't teach woodturning classics anymore, but rather the art which developed around woodturning. Today, students and teachers want the art more than the basics. Pure woodturning is the basics, and with a good, fundamental basis, one can easily add on the art

6. With regards to your career to date, what regrets do you have, if any?

I don't regret anything, and if I had to do it all over again I would do exactly the same. I was lucky in that I started woodturning more than 30 years ago, during which time woodturning developed dramatically

7. Who are the turners you most admire, and why?

There are a few. Jean Francois Escoulen and Binh Pho are two of them, whom I know personally. There are quite a few who are of a high standard, but I have less of a personal acquaintance with them

8. What book and what music are you into at the moment?

At the moment, I'm not reading any book besides professional books. In terms of music, I enjoy Israeli music, which I listen to daily

9. You are travelling extensively at the moment, teaching, demonstrating, and making DVDs, where do you see yourself in three years' time?

Over the past few years, I have been travelling quite a lot, mainly to the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. I find myself going back to the same countries, also because I make new friends and am invited there, especially in the States.

9. What do you think the future holds for turning in general?

I hope woodturning will continue to flourish like it has over the past few years, and I think that other countries in the world will join in as a result