Alan Peters (1933-2009)
Craftsman, Educator, Author
Award of Distinction Recipient
Presented by The Furniture Society
June 7, 2002
Mr. Peters' award was presented by Toronto furniture maker Michael Fortune.
Alan Peters was a British furniture designer/maker and one of the very few direct links with the Arts and Crafts Movement, having apprenticed to Edward Barnsley. He set up his own workshop in the Sixties. He is well known for his book Cabinetmaking: A Professional Approach (re-published in 2009) and his revision (for the fourth addition) of Ernest Joyce's The Technique of Furniture Making.
In 1990, Peters was awarded the OBE for his services to furniture. His work is rooted in tradition and shows a deep understanding and respect for the material. In 2009, fellow furniture designer/maker Jeremy Broun made a film and wrote a book called "Alan Peters- The Maker's Maker". Peters is considered to be one of the greatest British furniture designer/maker of his generation.