Archie is an exceptionally talented carver who has been producing work since the 1980s when he joined the Guild of Woodworkers. His skills have been acknowledged through winning a number of regional and local competitions.
He mostly enjoys carving in the round but has worked on low relief, lettering and chip carving. Sharpening chisels and gouges has been an important skill to master.
His main challenge is thinking up ideas for new pieces of work and the occasional commission is always welcome. In general, his focus has been on patterns from nature such as broken shells from the beach, birds and other animals, as well as unashamedly trying designs from expert sculptors and carvers.
Producing wig stands for people undergoing chemotherapy has meant using all sorts of these ideas for a useful purpose. His oldest grand-daughter quickly summed up the essential requirements of these and produced a range of great designs for him.
Archie has been a Guild Committee member and also served a term as President. He was instrumental in establishing the Naenae MENZ Shed and is its President.