Phil’s work combines the traditional craftsmanship of carving wood with a modernist approach to design and form and includes some more experimental, chance processes. He aims to create attractive abstract forms that are recognisably handmade objects that reflect their origin and the processes used to make them.
In the use of wood as his primary material and in his treatment of it, Phil hopes to produce objects that illuminate the balance that exists between the human and natural worlds; a balance that he believes is becoming increasingly precarious. In doing so he hopes to reflect on civilisations continuing dependence on and debt to, the natural world.
As an environmentally conscious artist and to promote sustainability, Phil makes use of up-cycled wood when available; sources include greenwood from local conservation work and offcuts from other woodworkers such as furniture makers.