Mark Parkinson

Profile of Mark Parkinson

I was born in Coventry,England in 1966 but moved to nearby Nuneaton in 1976.
I had an early interest in woodworking inspired by my Grandfather who was a carpenter and joiner in Preston Lancashire,

I was not able to receive much mentoring from him as he suffered a stroke and lost
most of the use of one arm, however I did spend many hours playing around in his garage, much to his annoyance!

I did woodwork and metalwork at school and enjoyed it although my performance was pretty unremarkable at the time.

I became very interested in antiques, particularly furniture, in my late teens and my interest became imprinted on my parents and helped them to invest my inheritance
on furniture and works of art! Studying the furniture gave me a real insight into construction and developed a self-taught skill for restoration and furniture making in the style of 18th century pieces.

My father took early retirement from being a school teacher and we decided to try our hand at dealing in antiques which was a tough but enjoyable business and carried out restoration on the pieces we bought. It was at this stage I started having health problems and we did not continue trading much longer and ended up doing warehouse work.

It was nearly 10 years later I was diagnosed with Lymphatic cancer, I was on chemo for 5 months and have been clear for over 12 years now.

I met my Partner Maria after she came over from Australia intending to stay a few months to see her mother and extended family. I delayed her return by over 7 years! We decided to give up our jobs to open a tea shop in Paignton, Devon which we ran for nearly 2 years before I persuaded her we should buy and sell antiques on the Internet. Which we did for another two years.

Maria was born in Birmingham but first came out to Australia in 1978, this made it easier for us to come over together to live and work in 2010. I decided to go back into furniture making. A visit to a local scrap yard inspired me to start using discarded metal components and from that my interest in making funky clocks was born !

Currently my clocks are available only at the Boranup Gallery, Margaret River area.

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Title : Facing Time

Artist : Mark Parkinson

Medium : Woody Pear, Jarrah & S/Steel

Size : 48cm High x 30cm wide

Price : SOLD

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Title : Balancing Time

Artist : Mark Parkinson

Medium : Marri & Stainless Steel

Size : 19cm x 19cm x 30cm tall.

Price : SOLD

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Title : Up Telescope Clock

Artist : Mark Parkinson

Medium : Curly Jarrah & stainless steel

Size : 44cm tall x 30cm wide

Price : $625

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