#2 in our 'Meet the Maker' series featuring Emanuele Dubibni From Zwart Plectrums
Meet The Maker
Welcome to our 'Meet the Maker' series of professional woodworker profiles. We're showcasing some of the best 'maker' talent out there including Luthiers, Plectrum makers (yes really, and they're super talented) and furniture makers. And they're all really talented people that care for their health and safety at work, that's why they all use Stealth Mask N100 Dust Masks.
From Monza, in Italy’s industrial north, Emanuele Dubini reminds us that working with natural materials (for Emanuele everything from rare woods to Deer horn is fair game) can and does produce artefacts of unusual beauty. Emanuele, whose company Zwart Plectrums, makes those mysterious little pieces of magic that guitarists use to transfer inspiration to instruments, otherwise known as plectrums. Like lucky charms, they have talismanic properties for musicians and often form a part of the magical triumvirate of mind, instrument and plectrum - Read the full interview here
So, Emanuele, what's the deal with you and Stealth Mask?
Working with materials like this that make very fine dust it’s important to protect my lungs; I’m only a young person and don’t want to harm myself in any way, either now or for the future.
Stealth Mask reached out to me when they saw I was doing this work and sent me a couple of masks and spare filters. When I started using the mask I realised it was really light and comfortable so I could wear it for many hours as I often spend a long time sanding and smoothing my products. It’s got a great breathing valve that means I can wear goggles to protect my eyes and a really soft, close fitting face seal that’s free from Silicon and Latex so people with allergies don’t have to worry about that.
And I feel safe and confident because I change the filters every twenty eight days to keep the mask working at maximum efficiency. - Stealth N100 Dust and Particle Respirator mask
Tell us a little about Plectrums
Plectrums, or Plectra, have a rich history and are made and used in different countries to pluck the strings of a variety of different instruments. Plectra used for the Japanese BIWA and Shamisen to the arabic Oud and the Chinese Sanxian share a common intent in string plucking but that’s about as far as it goes, shapes and materials vary wildly including Ukulele Plectra made from felt.
Emanuele has taken a deep dive into this tradition and his practice is informed by a real multi-cultural imperative; using traditional materials from across the globe, including rare woods and animal bone, his plectrums become almost jewel-like in their minimalistic useability. Contact Emanuele here email@example.com
Maker. Problem solver. Craftsman.
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