The Brazilian Davi Lopes managed to reconcile his two biggest passions and occupations, that of a firefighter and that of a luthier. And due to his potential to remodel hearth and demolition particles into materials for the manufacture of high-quality devices, he achieved that at present a few of his creations sound within the arms of musicians like Gilberto Gil or Paulinho da Viola.
Though for about 15 years he has been making guitars, violins, kavaquiños and mandolins with noble and historical woods that he rescues intact from fires and demolitions, Lopes gained unprecedented fame in Brazil this month after the discharge of a documentary that tells the story of the devices that he made with the ruins of the calcined Nationwide Museum.
To date, the second lieutenant of the Rio de Janeiro Hearth Division has manufactured 5 devices (two guitars, a mandolin, a cavaquiño and a violin) with the ruins of the oldest and largest museum in Brazil, greater than 200 years previous, which was diminished to rubble in September 2018 by a fireplace that destroyed most of its assortment of 20 million items.
Davi produces guitars, mandolins and violins with wooden extracted from the rubble of the hearth that destroyed the Nationwide Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Picture EFE / André Coelho
“The proposal is to make between ten and twelve instruments. Five were ready. The intention is to make representative instruments of the different musical rhythms of Brazil, such as the cavaquiño of the samba“Lopes stated in an interview with EFE.
Endorsed by celebrities
The devices are provisionally within the arms of well-known musicians who sponsored them, reminiscent of Gilberto Gil, Paulinho da Viola, Hamilton de Holanda and Paulinho Moska, a few of that are already used of their live shows, however when the reconstruction is completed, they are going to be collected and exhibited as items from the Museum itself.
The stays of the door of the Museum’s locker, which was manufactured from jacaranda wooden, had been used for guitars, in addition to furnishings and beams made with Scots pine, yellow cinnamon and different noble woods appropriate for devices.
However simply as his work with the destruction of the Nationwide Museum turned a documentary on the Globonews channel, Lopes has plans to develop different comparable tasks primarily based on his works with the leftovers of a centennial piano or with wooden faraway from the previous Mint.
“It all started with the story of being a musician. I started studying music very early, when I was 10 years old, in the church I attended. And at 15 I was accepted into a music school “, the luthier recounted within the interview he gave in his residence in a Army Village (firefighters have army standing in Brazil) and the place he arrange a small however very well-equipped workshop .
Davi Lopes arrange his well-equipped workshop in a Army Village the place he lives. Picture EFE / André Coelho
The firefighter who loves wooden
“In 1997 I did the contest to enter the fire department and working as a firefighter became a passion. I began to combine the two passions that same year, when I went to fight a fire and saw that in the middle of the damage there were intact noble woods, “he defined.
Lopes stated that already on the time he was additionally enthusiastic about woods, one thing that inherited from his household of artisans, which allowed him to tell apart noble woods reminiscent of mahogany in the course of the ruins of previous homes in Rio de Janeiro.
“As a passionate about wood, I saw that I could do something with it and combine all my passions: music, instruments and firefighters. From the year 2000 I began to gather the wood from the fires already thinking about instruments and in 2007 I had the opportunity to do a luthier course in Sao Paulo in which I learned the trade and the techniques, “he stated.
“At the beginning, when I rescued wood from fires, the other firefighters and even the musicians told me that it would not work to make noble instruments, that I was crazy. But the fact is that, despite the fact that an intense job of cleaning and rescue, the woods found are the same ones used by the luthiers“, stated.
Davi Lopes assures that the wooden he salvages is similar that the luthiers use. Picture EFE / André Coelho
“Later, when I began to show them the instruments that I made with the damage, they began to support me and give me wood that they are finding,” he added, referring to his colleagues.
A passion that turned a lifestyle
Lopes admitted that firstly He labored as a luthier out of passion and fervour, however now he does it professionally and it manufactures particular devices custom-made by musicians, through which it finally ends up investing as much as a month’s work and for which it fees costs a lot larger than these of the market.
He recalled that the evening of the hearth on the Nationwide Museum he was resting and that, when he came upon at house, he went to work. “I went to the barracks, put on my uniform and went to help rescue as much as possible,” he stated.
“At that time the intention was to save the objects but that same day I had the idea to do something with what was left over, to make some instruments and sell them to help rebuild the museum,” he stated.
Along with combining ardour with work, Davi Lopes is dedicated to including a supportive leg of his exercise. Picture EFE / André Coelho
The publicity obtained with the documentary helped him to advertise his new venture: the creation of a basis through which it’s going to provide music lessons for needy minors and he’ll prepare new luthiers, “a profession threatened with extinction”.
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