This weeks spotlight – Peter Jackson

From Peter’s early experiences in the school workshop (first prize in woodwork!) and a family background of farmers, wheelwrights and joiners he has always felt that an affinity with trees and working with wood was built into his bones.

However, life’s twists and turns took him down a career path that had steel and concrete as dominant materials and although he dabbled in woodcarving and furniture making in his spare time it wasn’t until early retirement that Peter had the opportunity to follow his heart and “get into the woods”. Wood-turning presented itself as a relatively quick and easy way to become creative with wood and has now become a large part of Peter’s life.

Peter use mainly British hardwoods sourced locally where he can and often turn from “wet” logs and branches that are “found” or donated. He is always happy to push the artistic boundaries of his wood-turning and experiment with techniques including texturing / sculpting and colouring, sometimes to the point where the piece is said to look more like ceramic. Peter hopes to continue branching out until the time comes when he can give something back to the trees that have given so much to him.

Peter currently resides in Minto in the Scottish Borders.

“Peter produces such exquisite work that to describe him simply as a “Wood turner” is like calling Coco Chanel a dress maker”.

David H Wallace – Owner, The Gallery Melrose.