Philip Cottell Wood Turner
Philip Cottell was born at Ladysmith, Vancouver Island. After many years \'away\' working in forestry and wood products research, he returned to the Island in 1997 and took up woodturning. He has since been exposed to many of the world\'s great turners at seminars and symposia. His subject’s range from organic burl bowls and sculptural vessels to coloured, wall-hung plaques that take their cues from the wood grain and figure. His recent juried shows, with colleague Barri Hearn, include: Sidney Fine Arts (2004, 2005); Sooke Fine Arts (2001,2005,2006,2007); and Lake Oswego (Oregon) Festival of the Arts (2005). Phil particularly enjoys creating beautiful as well as useful objects utilising salvaged wood from local trees -- maple, arbutus, dogwood, cedar and others. He is a member of several woodworking groups, and was
formally the treasurer of the Vancouver Island Woodworkers\' Guild.