Since our earliest discoveries in archaeology and human history, our species always had a deep rooted connection to the natural world around us. From living in the sea to becoming upright, we have used all the raw materials around us to build, thrive and survive.

Of all the natural products available to us, trees hold an almost spiritual fascination.

To be able to take that raw material and form it into something take craftsmanship and Peter McFerran did just that. A lifelong Liverpudlian, Peter was raised into a family of master craftsmen and inherited their love and dedication at a young age.


His grandfather worked at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. He was part of the team who crafted the grand staircase on HMS Titanic. The tools he used were subsequently bequeathed to his father and now, to Peter. Passing on, both tools and skills, is not the only thing that shines through while in his company. Peter shows me around the law courts and enters into an almost trance-like state of mind while feeling and explaining the wood, its history and how he and his father had built the room. The pine flooring, lighter in colour than the panelled walls, a decision taken to ensure it lasts. He points to bits of his work, he feels others that his father did. He closes his eyes, feeling the joins, the wood, the warmth he can still feel from the original tree. After all, just as we live and breath, so do the trees that grace even a simple courtroom such as this. Sadly, Peter is no longer with us yet his work and to me, his warmth, will remain.