Phil Clarke is a country boy with a love for the bush and the wood that comes from it. He spent his formative years in the central west of New South Wales before moving to the Riverina as a young adult. His work as a teacher and school principal saw him located in various towns across the Riverina and he is now settled in Griffith.
Growing up in Mudgee, Phil commenced his love affair with wood constructing model areoplanes and miniature yaghts to race against his brothers on the local dam. Disappointed but undaunted by missing out on a place in the woodworking class at school he taught himself from books, journals, talking to experts and that all-important experimentation and problem solving. Now retired, Phil has set up a handy workshop in his garage at home.
Phil has completed many works over the years, trying always to combine practical use, high standards of workmanship and simple beauty into all his projects. He works mostly but not
exclusively in Australian native hardwoods highlighting their natural colours, textures and patterns by complementary and contrasting combinations into practical works of art.
Phil is also a dedicated and talented cook. A passion for the very best ingredients, skilled technique and beautiful food has inspired his cutting and display boards.