Polychromatic Segmented Woodturner/Woodworker
“As a polychromatic segmented woodturner I use advanced cutting and gluing techniques to prepare and assemble wooden bowls, plates, pots, cutting or serving boards and other products. Using saws, sanders, lathes and other tools, and my own designs, I am able to create vessels with the exact size, shape and coloring desired.”
During Peter’s working years, he held management positions in several different wood shops, designing and building products as diverse as learning materials for children, furniture and spiral and circular stairs. As Peter approached retirement, he purchased a wood lathe and began to learn about the challenging and very rewarding field of segmented woodturning.
Having a background in both custom and production woodworking, Peter quickly became proficient in the segmenting process. With time and lots of practice, his woodturning skills improved, and he began designing, assembling, and turning with heightened confidence.
Peter has participated in the Lake Scugog Studio Tour several times and displayed his innovative work at The Snowflake Sale at the Scugog Library. Peter has begun teaching segmented woodturning in the seminar program at the Lee Valley Stores in Scarborough and in Vaughan with very gratifying results. As a member of the Durham Woodworking Club, he has also taught seminars and conducted demonstrations for the membership and at other woodworking/woodturning groups in the GTA.
Being a segmented woodturner, Peter uses many different types of wood and uses those woods in a multitude of ways to create attractive and unusual boards and bowls. Inspiration flows to him from nature: choosing many woods with complimenting tones, hues, colors, and textures. Peter contrasts these features with embellishing components that enrich and enliven my work. Utilizing colorful or interesting patterns he sees in clothing or photographs or architecture, his artwork becomes more distinctive and unique, but also functional. Peter pushes the envelope with extensive use of straight and curving lines, sharply contrasting colors and tones and thought-provoking use of thin woods and natural and dyed veneers.
Both Peter and his wife were born and brought up in the Boston, Massachusetts area and in 2008 they immigrated to Canada to be every day loving grandparents. Their grandchildren are now teenagers; the older will be entering university this fall, and the younger is in high school. They have been very happy in Canada and are now Canadian citizens. Peter has been active in the community as a former board member of Scugog Council for the Arts, a former member of the Lions Club, a past Director of the Lake Scugog Studio Tour, and a volunteer at Durham Hospice.
Peter is a Resident Artist at the Scugog Art Space. You can always find his work here at 175B Queen Street Port Perry!