Nicola Cavallini was born in 1972, in Viganello, of the Ticino Region in Switzerland. At 16 years of age, thanks to a photographer who was a family friend, Nicola discovered his passion for photography and he dedicated himself to the darkroom for two years until the age of 18. This is when he decided to leave Switzerland to study architecture in Venice at the IUAV University. After receiving his degree, he started working as an architect in a small studio for architectural restoration, while also learning to fish for mullet in the Venetian lagoon. Not long after that, he returned to the Ticino to live in the Val di Muggio at the old home of his grandparents where, everyday, he could see the Monte Generoso from his kitchen window. It is here that his love of the woodlands, the undergrowth of mushrooms and the trees became strong. He soon sought and found work as a wood-workers apprentice. Inspired by the events of 2003, he went to the city of Porto in Portugal where he found work as a supervising-architect-carpenter-factor-worker in a large industrial scale wood-working shop. Over recent years, while perfecting his preparation techniques of Puglia Focaccia bread and dried meats, he met João Carneiro and his seven legendary fingers. In 2010, LenhoLento finally becomes a living and breathing project, which was started from a dream and based on the creative energy of its founders.
João Carneiro was born in 1964, in Candal in Vila Nova de Gaia, between one Porto cantina and another. In those years, Salazar still held dictatorial rule, and for João, as for many others, the only possibility was to grab life by the horns from the very start. Moving from one adventure to the next, he started out very young in the work world as an apprentice wood-worker, inspired by his great passion for creative expression and the smell of his favourite kind of wood, the Pau Cetim. Meanwhile the dictatorship was brought to an end and Portugal became a member of the European Community, João, having become an adult and expert, found a job in an important wood-shop where he created works commissioned by renowned contemporary architects, while listening to hard rock and refining his aesthetic tastes. In the year 2005 he met Nicola with whom he discovered to have much in common. First of all, there are the culinary pleasures, and then the idea to create a wood-working shop where work and pleasure can blend to generate quality and a respect of memory.
Alípio de Sousa - Marceneiro de cadeiras, artesão de madeiras. EmCadeirarte: conceito natural-artesanal de transformação de madeiras provenientes do Mar e da Serra, com recurso a técnicas antigas e clássicas. Objetos com alma. Ecoarte. Contemplação do elemento Madeira.
Era eu ainda uma criança
Tinha na vida uma certa esperança
Nos estudos até era um promissor
Mas o futuro revelou-se enganador
Cedo tive de deixar a escola
Olhar a tal infância pela vitrola
Depressa num adulto me tornei
Se agora tenho dez ou vinte anos, já não sei
Com tanta precariedade a meu redo
Tive de pôr a uso o meu suor
A família sempre a aumentar
E a incerteza a marcar o seu lugar
Sou proletário, sim senhor
Mas não o faço por louvor
Sou os infortúnios do destino
Levantar cedo e ser ladino
É já ter sina de trabalhador
O tempo agora para viver é limitado
Vive-se ao domingo e ao feriado
São tantas ordens, tanta obrigação
Que o meu corpo quase entra em convulsão
Houve até um dia em que pensei
Semear uma nova inocência
A pedincha já não é uma solução
E assim tenho de trabalhar na construção
Os tostões que me dão como ordenado
Não chega para alimentar o agregado
É meio mundo a abusar o inocente
Esquecendo-se que é da criança que se constrói a gente.