Passion meets creativity: an interview with Sami Ylikahri, who is building stages and scenery.
What differs your work as a scenery builder from the work of a traditional wood worker?
The biggest difference is that most things are not built just once. Over 99 percent of projects are dismantled and about 30 percent are later rebuilt at least once. In set work structures are also much larger in scale. As a result we have to put more thought into assembling: weight, production in workshop, setup, dismantling, packing, transportation and storage. Work also doesn’t happen 8 to 4 but pretty much any time of day.
Which was your most challenging project so far and why?
How did you proceed?
Scenery building is often combined with time pressure and deadlines. How do you cope with that?
How does the Festool system help you to cope with that?
Which tools from Festool do you use most and why?
What kind of wood do you love most and why?
If you could swap your job for one day – which one would you choose?
When and why did you start working as a scenery builder?
In 1996 I was by chance asked to help build the set for a film. I noticed that the bohemian ways of the industry and the mentality of the people were a good fit with my personality.
Why is your business called “Silver Zombie”?
Both Silver and Zombie were nicknames that my friends called me by when I was younger. Combining the two sounded good to me. The company’s name is thanks to my friends (laughs).