Monthly featured Artist

Peter Rand

Peter Rand, from the Niagra region of Ontario, Canada, says his art is motivated by his career in scientific research, his fascination with spherical dimensions and more recently, multi-axis turning. For many years, he has experimented with the “fourth dimension” - movement - to create woode art that is also kinetic. To do so, he developed small 'engines' that can be hidden within a piece to produce movement.

Peter says, "Events in my early years ensured my love for wood. The thrill of turning a platter in “shop” in early school days, refinishing antique furniture from auctions that came to furnish our home, and learning woodturning with masters like Maurice Gamblin and Alan Stirt at the Arrowmont Crafts School in Tennessee. I am drawn to fundamentals of geometry and shape, symmetry and asymmetry, and abstract sculpture."

Rand has been an inspiration and motivator to the family of woodturners on this site. His large outdoor sculptures and his tiny femispheres and his work with kinetics serves to create a desire in all of us to excel at our art and our craft.

With gratitude, we are pleased to present Peter Rand as our Artist of the Month for March, 2019.

The World of Woodturners site (WoW) originated in November, 2001. At its start it was the only interactive site where woodturners could post photos and descriptions of their work and engage in discussion about their art. WoW members think of themselves as a family. They are artists who have become friends and who willingly share their talents and skills. This is a place where the novice freely mixes with the seasoned professional in an atmosphere of shared respect. No one is anonymous and everyone uses their own name. From this venue has arisen some incredible art, some of which can be seen in the public gallery. Enjoy this display of fine work. Access to the site itself is at no cost, by obtaining a membership invitation from an existing WoW family member or contacting site administration at wowadmin@shaw.ca. Include your name and a brief description of your woodturning experience in the message.

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