The Scissor Man
Of all the things at thefrenchneedle.com, I think the hand made scissors create the most excitement. I did not know this before, but stitchers are crazy for scissors !
M. Jean- Marie Roulot makes very special scissors. In fact, until someone proves me wrong, I think he is the finest scissor maker in the world.
He was born in 1936 close to the little town of Nogent, or as it has been called, Nogent- les-ciseaux...(Nogent is the premiere village of France in all things cutlery in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are actually 3 Nogents in France, this one is in the Champagne Ardennes region).
The day he finished school he came home and announced to his mother that he was "on vacation". At eight o'clock the following morning he was at the scissor factory where he spent three years as an apprentice undergoing the rigorous process of becoming an accredited "cisalier". He does confess to be fascinated by scissors all his life.
He worked until 1996 at a factory in Nogent. Beginning in 1988 he also worked to establsh the Musee de la Coutellerie, which is an absolute gem if you ever make it to Nogent.
In work for the museum, M.Roulot was given access to the studios of the Anciens Artisanats du Bassin and he retrieved many old unfinished pairs of scissors which he himself has completed. In addition to that, he makes reproduction scissors and experiments with his own original designs.
He lives with his lovely wife, Mireille, and a menagerie of animals. He works every day he can in his little workshop out back of his house. A lifetime of artisanship is felt everytime you pick up on of these pairs of scissors. Bravo, Jean-Marie, thank you for all your wonderful work!
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