PRESENTATION OF OUR WORKSHOP
We have been designing and making horn objects since 2013 in our workshop in Bélesta in Ariège..
You can discover the rest of our confections on the site: www.silicorne vallee.com
From the start, we have been making picks in horn and other natural materials that we sell in our workshop and on craft markets in the Occitania region. Musicians often come back to us to reorder more picks so we have designed this site to cater for the demand.
We have chosen to market exclusively picks made by us. We make them in small batches and can work to order if you want a bespoke shape.
Our materials are natural and ecological. The horn and bone come from slaughterhouse animals. We make our picks from these by-products, which are otherwise going to waste and incinerated. All our scraps and the dust we generate are transformed into natural fertiliser.
The wood we use comes from the forests of Ariège and Aude. The deer antlers are scraps gleaned in the local forests surrounding our workshop.
Each and every pick is carefully handcrafted in 8 steps. The horn is unrolled and hot pressed to obtain a plate.
The pick shape is then traced with a template and cut manually with a saw.
Then come several sanding steps and the shaping of the tip and angles.
Finally, we give it a nice shine by rubbing with cotton and flannel (no varnish or dye are used).
IF YOU WISH TO VISIT OUR WORKSHOP-BOUTIQUE
We are open all year round in Bélesta in Ariège and will be happy to welcome you to present our work to you.
In summer we are open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The rest of the year, visits are by appointment. Please call us on 0689526352 to make sure we are present.
The workshop is located in the hamlet of Gélat, 15 minutes from the village, on the rise of the Sault plateau. It is the last house in the hamlet overlooking the Gouffre des Corbeaux path (10 minutes on foot)
Our workshop is located 20 minutes from Montségur, 30 minutes from Foix & Mirepoix
and 1h15 from Toulouse and Carcassonne