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 Frank (Francis) H. Peters – Wood turner

 I grew up on Vancouver & Pender Islands, spent some time in the Chilcoten area of BC, and then in the mid 70's,moved to Central Alberta. When I was young, I spent a lot of time associating with painters and other artists. I'm sure I absorbed some of their insight as to what looks and feels good and I try to bring this into my work.

I have been working with wood as a hobby for the past thirty plus years, mostly working very hard to make things square.

I have appreciated wood-turnings for a long time, however I never tried turning it myself until I took an evening course in 2001. I was instantly hooked. I'm still amazed at the colours and designs that magically appear when the wood stops spinning. I have also discovered that there is a great deal of beauty in sensuous curves! ;)

Since that first Lee-Valley course with Jim Osenton, I have taken several others to improve my craft. A couple of note are, one from Richard Raffan, a well known Australian wood turner, author and artist. Another from Terry Golbeck of Black Forest Wood Company in Calgary, who taught me the safe and very handy use of the skew chisel. I am a past member of the Calgary Woodturners Guild and a current member of the Central Alberta Wood Workers guild.

I turn mostly domestic Canadian hard woods, such as Eastern Hard Maple, Big Leaf maple form BC, Walnut, Manitoba Maple, Alder, Ash, Elm, Willow, Mtn. Ash, Poplar and fruit woods such as Cherry, Apple, Pear and Crab Apple. I will on ocassion use some exotic woods to enhance the appearance of an item. Being organic, wood has flaws, worm holes etc. and this can add to the character of the piece.

I also like to do segmented turning as this allows me more creativity and design in an item and uses less wood overall however it does tend to double the work.

I especially like making small whimsical ornaments because when chldren see them, their imagination is fueled and they see fairies and and other creatures where we see a little bird house or other object.

I am honored and thrilled when anyone purchases my work as this tells me that what I love to do is appreciated.

Thank You

Frank