Alan Peters, 1933-2009
Peters died Oct. 11 and his obituary appeared in newspapers in England this past weekend. Here is a link to the notice in the Telegraph. The video above is part of a documentary made earlier this year by a student of Peters to pay homage to his teacher.
Peters also had an influence on this side of the Atlantic, through his writings and through followers like Rob Cosman, who advocated many of Peters’ techniques.
Produced by: Rob Cosman
On Monday, Cosman said Peters’ early training with hand tools as an apprentice for Edward Barnsley (in a shop with no power tools) shaped his entire career. Peters’ work provided a great example of meticulous but efficient craftsmanship, he said.
“He probably did the best job of combining hand tools, power tools, design and business,” Cosman said, adding that Peters worked “with a precision and speed that nobody else could.”
Cosman produced a DVD with Peters’ at his shop in England several years ago. The video segment below is a snippet from that work.
Peters wrote for Fine Woodworking several times, most memorably about his technique for piston-fit drawers, in issue 125.