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Intricate, precisely carved wooden insects - the Scorpion Fly pictured above is approx 7cm long.
Wooden carved bowls, sculptures, jewellery
Alistair's work was shown at the MetaInsecta exhibition in Bristol during August 2008 (see his own website for other exhibition news).
After finishing a Zoology degree, Alistair spent several years travelling and working abroad and began whittling wood with an Opinel lock knife in about 1994 whilst working at a youth hostel in Ironbridge, UK. He still uses the same knife!
In 2005, Alistair completed an honours degree in Three Dimensional Design (Designer Maker) at the University of Plymouth campus in Exeter and has stayed in the West Country ever since.
'The objects which I make reflect my interest in craft skills, particularly whittling wood, wood carving, stonecarving and metalwork. I am fascinated by the stories associated with objects made by hand, whether they come from collecting the raw materials, forming the object itself or its existence after it leaves the maker and goes out into the world.'
Alistair is inspired by -
The sculptors Constantin Brancusi, Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth and Isamu Noguchi, the design philosophy of David Pye, stone carver Peter Randall-Page and wood carvers Ian Norbury, Dick Onians, John Nelson and Paul Caton
The artists Richard Long, Hamish Fulton, Mark Dion, David Nash, Chris Drury and Andy Goldsworthy
The 19th century wood block prints of Hiroshige and Hokusai and japanese 'netsuke'
The Jewellery of Rene Lalique
The sculptural furniture of Tim Stead, Neil Lossock, Hector Guimard and Jim Partridge as well as the often anonymous makers of traditional African and Papuan masks and sculpture.