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My name is Peter Dixon, and I started turning wood as a creative pastime in the mid-90s whilst living and working in the field of International Development in East Africa and South Asia. My motivation at the time .. I’ve always loved working with wood, and woodturning provided an ideal way to de-stress after an intense day of meetings and travel. Directing a razor sharp tool into a chunk of irregular wood rotating at speed requires ALL of your attention !!.
It’s doubly rewarding when you can create an interesting piece in a relatively short period, even more so when you can give to others something unique that you have made.
I’m now UK-based, in a wonderful rural setting close to the Welsh border in Herefordshire. I still work in the field of International Development but the Woodart has taken a more significant proportion of my time as I’ve engaged with exhibitions, galleries, and more recently in training and supporting others.
Woodturning is the foundation to all of my pieces but over the years I have developed skills in a range of other techniques and materials to enhance and build on the initial turned item. I’m lucky to have access to locally sourced woods of unusual character and colour. Sometimes this is enough in its own right, sometimes I may add carved and pierced features, apply texturing, scorching and pyrography techniques, stains and acrylics to achieve the final piece of “woodart”.
I am a resident artist at Woods of Whitchurch Gallery and have exhibited at Art in Penallt and H’Art for the past few years. I’m involved in two local woodturning clubs, including as Programme Secretary of the Herefordshire Woodturners and have recently formalised my training activities by being approved as a Tutor by the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain. Over the coming years I will continue to develop this part of my portfolio so if you fancy a go, or would like to develop your own skills in some of the other techniques I use, then get in touch !