Peter Bunnett was born in a hollow log and, some time later while studying Humanities at York University, built a quarter mile long walk-through environmental poem called Sanity Circus. Three years teaching in fly-in Cree villages led to setting up a small production wood shop specializing in wooden toys, drums and marimbas and vintage table hockey games. He spent 20 years building, tuning and playing marimbas with large groups of primary or secondary school children funded by the Artists in the Schools Program. Peter moved more recently into sculptural furniture work with live edge hardwood slabs he’s been cutting and drying on his co-operative farm property in Ompah on the edge of the Ottawa Valley. His live edge furniture is a modest reiteration of the magnifient pioneering Japanese architect and craftsman, George Nakashima.
“I am preoccupied with the outside edge of the tree (just inside the bark). It is the integrity of this surface that defines the form. I take great care in removing the bark, usually with a small hammer so that this outside “cambian” layer remains like an exterior skin on the piece. I use mainly cherry, maple and walnut, with a bit of pine, some rusted steel, and the odd piece of exotic wood for highlight.”