"Forms made to move in wind, such as sailboats and Porsches, are inherently beautiful"
Peter Boyce-Tomkins - Wood Carving
Much of Peter's work is based on the graceful shapes of sails, interpreting their movement and power when filled by the wind. In each piece he tries to capture the grace, elegance and simplicity of line that are synonymous with their flowing beauty. Peter has been both sailing and working with wood since childhood.
Each piece is hand carved in hardwood, favourites being Sycamore, for its texture and varied appearance, Ash for its strong grain figuring and Walnut for its colour. Increasingly, tropical woods are selected both for their striking colouring and their grain patterns. Peter never works from drawings or sketches, prefering the freedom to respond to the wood as it is revealed in the block.
“It is the grain of the wood that dictates the shape of the finished piece – to try to 'force' wood into a shape that is un-natural to it rarely works. Each one is a collaboration between the wood and the artist in which the wood plays an active part”. Each piece is individually marked with Peter's monogram, making unique and imposing trophies for clubs and organisations or memorable gifts that can become family heirlooms.
Gallery of work
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Peter's work has been exhibited successfully in many venues including:
His work has been exhibited successfully in many venues including:
The Allsop Gallery, Bridport
Dansel Gallery, Abbotsbury
The Study Gallery (Kube), Poole Town
Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis
Red House Museum, Christchurch
Walford Mill, Wimborne
Dorset and Purbeck Art Weeks
White Stones Gallery, Portland