Introducing…. Phil Savage
Tell us about the work you do.
I construct furniture using traditional methods and I do wood sculpture.
What time of day are you most productive?
Definitely in the morning, the earlier the better!
What are you working on now?
I’m preoccupied with the vegetable farming biz for the most part right now, but on the occasional evening I am working on a group of small carved pigs in various poses.
What would you like people to know about you, your creative process or your work?
My creative process is much like a journey, with ups, downs, trials and tribulations but always with a destination in site. Often I don’t get to the destination, though I’m certain I can see it on the horizon. It all comes down to time… there is rarely enough of it to achieve the perfection I’m seeking but as I get older and have more time to focus on pure art instead of just paying the bills, I think I’ll get to these artistic destinations more often.
In the next five years you would you like to accomplish. Dream big!
I would very much like to construct my own house on the farmland here, a small, energy efficient timber-frame abode with no compromises on the design and craftsmanship inside and out.
Dream vacation? Where would you like to go and why.
I think I would like to visit Crete and do an artists residency there one day. There is so much ancient history there and it’s warm, dry and breezy…and they can grow grapes and olives.
What music do you listen to when you are working?
I listen to alot of folk, bluegrass, americana, nu-folk, and some country. Also what-ever is on CBC radio two.
All shades of green.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Movie or book?
‘The Sisters Brothers’ Novel by Patrick Dewitt, and I really dig Steinbeck- ‘East of Eden’ and ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Movies: ‘Cold Mountain’ ‘Last of the Mohicans’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’