FUNCTION AND BEAUTY: A timber bowl by Peter Farkas.
FUNCTION AND BEAUTY: A timber bowl by Peter Farkas. CONTRIBUTED

Peter turned his hand to new creative career

WHEN you look at the work of woodturner Peter Farkas, it is almost as if you can see the rolling hills of his Pomona home reflected in the smooth style of his work.

While you wouldn't know to look at the pure artwork that are his pieces, woodturning was not something that Peter began early.

Maybe it is his initial job as a photographer that has helped him have such an eye for beauty.

Living in Darwin in the Northern Territory, Peter started woodturning 12 years ago as a hobby.

It was at that time he was working as a medical photographer at Royal Darwin Hospital and said he needed a creative activity.

"My work was always to a set brief so there was no scope for creativity," he said.

"So I found woodturning a great activity as you needed to get into the moment.

"I liked to explore classic shapes and curves so I started to carve into my turned pieces and value-add with texturing, colouring, burning and inlaying."

Peter sources much of his timber locally and does all the preparation himself.

What truly stands out about his pieces is that he often embellishes them with pyrography, texturing, carving, inlaying, paint and gold or copper leafing.

Peter makes vessels (bowls, deep forms), sculptures and vases as well as translucent pieces from our local pines.

"Wood is a wonderful medium with fascinating textures, colours and a lovely warm feel," he said.

"It is a challenge for the woodworker to bring out these features in the piece that is being created and I always ensure that all pieces undergo a careful finishing process using high-quality selected oils or lacquer."

From his stall at the Eumundi Markets, Peter enjoys the interaction with clients and others who like wood.

"It's nice when my pieces find good homes," he said.

"The markets are great - where I meet a lot of people and have a lot of fellow stallholder friends.

"I have been very lucky to have been invited to exhibitions and an overseas trip to Singapore to represent Eumundi Markets there by Tourism Queensland."

For more information on Peter's work, visit

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