“In furniture, I am drawn to the Arts and Crafts style with its simple lines and often exposed joinery. In turning, I take inspiration from all around me. When I see a shape I like, whether from Native American pottery or a Japanese vase, I may try to emulate it. Often, though, I just let the wood tell me what it wants to be. However I get there, it is satisfying to make something beautiful."
A native Kansan, Michael Peters was born and raised in central Kansas. Mike worked as an attorney for forty years in the electric utility business, eventually moving to Topeka. His last position was General Counsel of Kansas Electric Power Cooperative.
Woodworking is a major hobby for Mike. Since 1970, Mike enjoyed making small furniture and numerous wood Christmas toys for his children and the children of friends who knew of his work. He has done some volunteer woodworking projects for his church and has completed a number of projects for the Kansas Museum of History. After retirement, he focused more on woodturning but also continued to build some furniture. Where possible, he has tried to incorporate native woods harvested from a family farm property. Even after fifty years of working with wood, Mike still finds the process engaging as he continues to learn with every project.