Peter Russell-Henderson

From a young child helping Grandad in his workshop I have had a natural affinity with wood which led me into a career as a carpenter and eventually into a new career as a Design Technology Teacher where I could pass on my enthusiasm and skills to young people. It was whilst I was at University that I was introduced to the world of woodturning where discarded pieces of wood which had reached the end of their life could be gently manipulated into something natural, unique, vibrant decorative and functional, giving a new lease of life to natures beautiful natural art forms.

Each design I make is influenced by the size and natural characteristics of the piece of wood in front of me. I use a range of ethically sourced natural hardwoods such as elm, ash sycamore and the mighty English oak as well as those from across the continents of Asia, Africa and South America.

More recently and by chance I was able to acquire a number of planks of English Elm which led me slightly off my chosen path into the world of bespoke pieces of hardwood furniture crafted using traditional methods whilst maintaining the timbers natural live edges.

I am now looking to work on more abstract pieces of art work moving away from the natural symmetrical qualities that traditional woodturning encourages. Tree burrs offer a flawed, irregular and imperfect challenge but the results are nonetheless spectacular.