ART OF AGEING: Peter is a man of many talents and a lot of determination.
ART OF AGEING: Peter is a man of many talents and a lot of determination. Julie Slavin

Art of Ageing: Meet clockwork Peter

PETER is an everyday senior who represents the wonderful diversity of NSW's older residents.

His story reflects an Australia unique to its older generation - a contrast of values, emotions and personality in an ever-changing landscape.

Seniors News, with the help of the NSW Government, will be telling Peter and many more seniors' stories in a six week series.

Their stories can also be glimpsed in a 30-image exhibition that will be touring NSW throughout 2018 and 2019.

 

The story of clockwork Peter

"I was born in Wingham in 1955 and completed an apprenticeship in horology (watch and  clock  making)  in Newcastle. For the last 48 years, I've specialised in antique watch and clock repairs.

"After spinal surgery in 2000, I was told that because of nerve damage in my back and feet my condition would deteriorate  and I'd be in permanent pain. Despite this news, I was determined to continue a fulfilling life. I knew if I didn't overcome  this obstacle I would eventually end up in a wheelchair.

"So while recovering  from the initial  surgery and being mostly immobile, I diverted my attention to a less demanding pursuit and began building architectural models.

"I  was  interested in geology, fossicking and camping, and joined  a lapidary club where I learned  to cut and polish stones. We went on excursions, had some great camping  trips  with  like-minded people, and equipped an old Mitsubishi van for camping!  

"I also  joined the Men's Shed, where I was able to learn more skills and made  some  good friends. I was fortunate  enough  to learn  silver smithing from a retired university  teacher, and will be setting up a teaching facility at the Wingham Lapidary Club.

"Meanwhile, I  continue clock repairs as a hobby. I'm creating steampunk accessories, magicians' wands, and working with electroplating metals and jewellery pieces.

"I've passed my knowledge of clock-making  onto my nephew and helped him get his own business started."

 

THE ART OF AGEING

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