“From the beginning I was a very visually and tactically oriented child.
At three years old I would take a screwdriver and pull the screws out of the interior door hinges in my house, to the point where the doors would fall off. Even as an eight years old, I was fascinated by a certain style of furniture that had exposed joints, wedges, pegs, etc. It was only later, at about age fifteen, that I learned that this was Arts & Crafts furniture. . . .”
“At age sixteen I was bugging a local family of furniture makers to take me on as an apprentice. They only allowed me to sweep their floors after school, and would not hire me as an apprentice until I was of the legal working age of eighteen, when they took me on and broke me into the trade.”
In 1974, Peter became a furniture making apprentice at the venerable George Whitmore Furniture Company in Middletown, Connecticut made up of master furniture makers who specialized in building classical reproduction furniture and restoring fine antiques for museums.
Peter was shaped by the New England tradition of furniture making, having learned from these second and third generation Connecticut River Valley craftsmen who knew and worked with Wallace Nutting, one of Connecticut's antiquarian luminaries in the early 20th century.
After his apprenticeship, he moved to the upper Connecticut River Valley in New Hampshire to create his own shop and company. Using old water power equipment found in many of the old New England Mills, he embarked on the beginning of his forty year career of furniture making.