Graeme Priddle has over 20 years experience in the woodworking field, best known for his sculptural turnings/carvings reflecting his life and environments in Northland, New Zealand. He has won numerous awards for his work, which has been exhibited widely in New Zealand, UK, Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, U.S.A and Canada.

He is very active in the wood turnng world and commits his time and talent to many creative endeavours. He has served on the committee of the New Zealand National Association of Woodturners for five years as well as being instrumental in establishing the New Zealand 'CollaboratioNZ' Conferences in 1998.

Graeme has demonstrated and taught for numerous woodworking and woodturning groups and at many woodworking events throughout the world.

Graeme was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. He moved to Northland in 1986 while working for Telecome as a radio technician. He took voluntary severance in 1989 after twelve years service and started woodturning in 1990.

Waka Iti (Small Canoe)

"These pieces are inspired by traditional Maori Waka (Canoes), racing centreboard yachts on Wellington Harbour in my youth and a life long love of boats and New Zealand's coastal environments. I use various surface treatments to represent the endless variety of texture, colour and pattern that abounds in the world around us, especially on corals and sea creatures. The boat forms also reflects a love of traveling, homesickness, and the inspirations and friendship gained on my travels."

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Kava Bowl

"As a 5th generation New Zealander, my earliest influences in art were the Maori carvers whose work I saw in museums and wharenui (meeting houses). I am still strongly inspired by traditional carving and contemporary Maori art as it is usually inspired by environment (one of the most important influences in my own work), ancestors, beliefs and legends that has a narrative quality.

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