Forerunner and explorer, Christian Moretti has reconstituted the metallurgical skills that had been completely erased from Western culture. Having worked as an ironworker, organ pipemaker (restoring several organs with piping entirely by hand), artisanal boilermaker (trained in Durfort to make all cooking utensils by hammer swaging) and cutler, in 1989 he discovered the possibility of producing his own metals from their ores. He realized that this was the secret to the high quality of his handcrafted products. He sensed that this was the only way for craftsmen to compete nobly and effectively with the steel industry. For 30 years, he worked alone to reconstitute this art with protocols that could be reproduced and passed on. After obtaining the EPV label for his Metallica SARL, in 2003 he entered a sword cane in the Intelligence of the Hand competition. This work required 6 months' work with iron, copper and zinc ores, including 3 weeks to manufacture the necessary tools.
The only effective way to preserve these skills and prevent them from disappearing again is to pass them on.
At the same time as handcrafting, he has begun to pass on the fruits of his labor through training courses run by his wife, Mayn Séry. To perpetuate these skills and prevent them from disappearing again, transmission is the only effective way. As Christian Moretti reaches the pinnacle of his art, the training center expands. In 2014, he retires and the CFMTT (Centre de Formation aux Métiers et Transmission des Traditions), founded by his wife in 2013, is ready to continue teaching. He works assiduously to formalize his craft gestures. The collaboration with his wife has given rise to two books: La métallurgie artisanale, published by Editions Vial and now reissued on a self-publishing basis, and Coutelier Taillandier, secrets de forge, published by Editions Vial. The written trace is a sure and stable means of transmission. Today, Christian Moretti supervises teaching and masterclasses designed to raise the level of excellence of Férons and Fèvres Taillandiers Couteliers craftsmen every year.
Lauréat de la récompense Talents d’exception du Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'Intelligence de la Main® 2005