We interview Carlo Puccini, Florentine wood carver since 1980: discover the secrets behind a professional Italian artisan.


During his 40+ years long career as wood carver, Carlo Puccini has worked with museums, art galleries and important private clients all over the world, among which are American interior decorators such as Carolyne Roehm.

He has always been passionate about wood carving: after his studies at the Fine Art Institute of Florence and his specialization in wood carving in a local professional institute, he began his career working for a renowned Florentine company, Bartolozzi e Maioli.

Here he had the opportunity to move his first steps actively participating to important restorations, like the one of Montecassino Abbey choir, heavily bombed during the Second World War.

In 1991, Carlo Puccini was ready and started his own business, and he now manages his atelier by himself, occasionally collaborating with several expert artisans in case of large commissions.

For the quality of his craft and his commitment, he has often been awarded important recognitions such as the Honorable Mention from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, which he got in 2000, during the restoration of Villa Medicea La Petraia in Florence

He is also proud of the certificate of Tuscan Master Craftsman issued to him in 2013 by the Chamber of Commerce of Florence and Tuscany Region.

More recently, to celebrate his decades long career, he received the award Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere by the prestigious Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

In today’s interview, we ask Carlo about his craftsmanship. What are the secrets behind the artworks of an absolute Florentine wood expert?


  1. Wood carving is indeed an ancient and peculiar activity. Where does your passion for this artistic activity come from?
  2. What are your main inspirations for the creation of your artifacts, which are not only functional, but also aesthetically pleasing?
  3. Wood is indeed the protagonist of your works. What kind of connection do you have with this material?
  4. What kind of relationship do you have with Tuscany and Florence? Does the territory influence in any way your artistic production?
  5. The craftsman activity is strictly connected with handcrafting. What kind of added value does craftsmanship convey?
  6. In your career you had the opportunity to teach at the Professional School of Carvers of Tuscany: how important is to transmit, also to the new generation, the concept of art and craftsmanship?
  7. What kind of relationship do you have with your customers, and what is your target audience?
  8. How is your Bottega adapting to the modern days?

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#1. Wood carving is indeed an ancient and peculiar activity. Where does your passion for this artistic activity come from?

It is a family tradition. My great grandfather started as a furniture maker in Cascina, province of Pisa: this activity was carried on by his son. My father has been an architect, while I recovered the furniture production activity.

A view of Carlo Puccini’s Bottega.

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#2. What are your main inspirations for the creation of your artifacts, which are not only functional, but also aesthetically pleasing?

My works are faithful reproductions of original and ancient models, which you can find in museums and Gallery Arts in Florence. The inspiration comes from the effort to carry on an artistic and artisanal tradition of the Reinassance Florence Era.

Details of a violin carved by Carlo Puccini.

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#3. Wood is indeed the protagonist of your works. What kind of connection do you have with this material?

Wood is the ideal support to artworks, from the sarcophagus of the Egyptian to frameworks and furniture to altars. Moreover, woods represent an extremely sustainable material, which is not polluting: it derives from crops that do not damage the forest heritage.

Wood is the ideal support to artworks.

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#4 What kind of relationship do you have with Tuscany and Florence? Does the territory influence in any way your artistic production?

Since I’m a person that appreciates and loves art, I think that I’m very lucky to be born in Florence. Here I grew up by breathing the magical artistic atmosphere that exhales from every corner of this beautiful city. In Florence, I studied the art of wood carving at the professional highschool. Then, when I finished my studies, I specialized in working in the most prestigious antique and carving workshops in Florence. These experiences made me ready to start my own artisan shop.

Some works from the Carlo Puccini’s Bottega.

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#5. The craftsman activity is strictly connected with handcrafting. What kind of added value does handcrafting convey?

The added value of a handcrafted product is its “not replicability” and exclusivity. As a consequence, customers can choose to customize their work, to get an absolutely unique object.

Some of the frameworks created by Carlo Puccini.

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#6 In your career you had the opportunity to teach at the Professional School of carvers of Tuscany: how important is to transmit, also to the new generation, the concept of art and craftsmanship?

It is a job that you choose for the passion in it. The hope to be able to transmit love and experience of this profession to the next generation is part itself of the activity on an artisan.

From Medieval times until now, the artisan’s workshop has the social function to transmit culture and ancient knowledge.

Carlo Puccini at work: the art of wood carving.

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#7. What kind of relationship do you have with your customers, and what is your target audience?

With usual customers, it is established a relationship of mutual respect. It is a matter of time, during which I can understand the tastes and aesthetic needs of my clients.

Usually, I serve people with a good level of education and a passion for the aesthetics. 1 customer out of 2 is not Italian.

Carlo Puccini’s original piece of work.

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#8. How is your Bottega adapting to the modern days?

During the lockdown, thanks to my daughter, I created a new website to reach other people, that otherwise, I was not able to connect with. Social media and online presence is nowadays an essential tool even to an artisanal workshop.

The wood carving tools.

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We want to thank Carlo for this interview. We had the opportunity to discover the secrets behind a professional Florentine wood carver, an artistic tradition that persists until now.

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