British Wood Sculptor
Peter is based in rural Colyford, Devon where he works as a full time sculptor. He is entirely self-taught and has developed his own unique style and process. Peter balances an understanding of the properties of wood with his appreciation of flowing lines and form. His work reflects his love of nature.
He works mainly with locally sourced British hardwood, either from ecologically farmed woodlands, hedging or casualties of storms. Peter is involved in every process, from sourcing the timber to planking some of the wood on his own sawmill. A long process of air-drying follows which can take years.
After creating the shape, he then dyes, seals and polishes the wood, a method he has invented and named ‘Vernised’. To finish, Peter burns his signature into the base of each work.
Peter is a member of the Somerset Guild Of Craftsmen.
The Bog Oak Story
Around 7,000 years ago the sea level rose and the rivers backed up around the Fens of East Anglia. The massive Oaks which were growing at the time could not live in the wet conditions and gradually died and fell into the silt of the forest floor. Over many thousands of years, these fallen Oaks have been 'pickled' and sub-fossilized.
Due to the draining and cultivation of the Fens, the Oaks have gradually been uncovered, coming out of the ground absolutely saturated with water. Bog Oak needs to be very carefully handled, planked, and then closely monitored during the long kiln drying process to stop the wood splitting and warping. The wood loses around 3.2 gallons of water per cubic foot and shrinks by a third of its volume.
The Bog Oak Peter uses for his sculptures has been radio carbon dated to 4,300 BC making it 6,300 yrs old. Needless to say its rarity, age and drying processes make this the most valuable timber Peter works with.
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