Philip is a wood sculptor using a variety of timber species, he designs and makes seating and sculptures where form, flow and texture are priorities. English Oak is his favourite material as its durability and presence in the landscape is almost unrivalled.
Nature and the materials it provides have long been an interest to Philip, with many days spent rock climbing and many nights sleeping in the forest, often wondering about the form and feel of the materials around us. Philip’s skill with a chainsaw and passion for working with wood came from a career as an arborist. After a few years learning the trade, ideas of turning beautiful timber, often destined for firewood, into works of art began to absorb him and a collection of timber followed.
Philip was lucky enough to secure a position to the widely recognised wood sculpture Alison Crowther. He has worked with her for five years learning the skills and vision to create large scale works, in particular, attention to detail and superb carving techniques. Texture and contrast achieved through scorching is a major element in his work. He has pieces on display in the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Park.
The desire to climb trees is still strong but mostly just for the view these days, while the desire desire to create in the studio grows daily. He is a talent to watch.