scarab studio wood

established 1990

Directed by Perth wood artist & master artisan Peter Cook,  Scarab is a multidisciplinary collaborative studio, where our highly skilled team take on an amazing diversity of specialist projects.  Artistry, craftsmanship, design and beautiful materials come together in our workshop to create some of the world’s most unique and beautiful handcrafted objects.  Here on our website you will find a variety of creative works completed over the last three decades for private individuals, government and many of Perth’s finest companies.

we would love to help you develop your own creative vision to be master crafted in the scarab studio
we couldn’t do what we do without the support of family, friends and core team members

Peter Cook has followed broad creative passions from his earliest years.  After some 30 years at the bench, Peter is recognised today as one of Australia’s finest artist-designer-makers.  Peter’s art has been exhibited internationally and published in several books and magazines.
Master designer-maker Ian Collishaw co-founded  Scarab Studio Wood in 1998 and helped steer the business through its first decade of development.  These days Ian enhances his teaching profession through his continued association with Scarab.
Brendon Dhu has worked with us at Scarab for many years.  Brendon also runs respected contracting firm Heritage Carpentry and Joinery, while continuing to collaborate with Scarab.
Toby Tolomei was one of the Australian School of Fine Wood’s top students in 2009.  Toby continued his training at Scarab after graduating.
Jordan Stone graduated with honors in 3D design from Curtin University in 2016.  Jordan brings a broad and highly valued skill set in design and craftsmanship to the Scarab team.

where we are

It is our privilege to work within the hallowed walls of the old Midland Railway Workshops in Perth, Western Australia.  Many master craftsmen have worked here before us and we are proud to continue those traditions.  We are also very happy to share our extended studio space with fellow artisans Future Shelter one of Perth’s finest creative businesses.


Since 1998, every piece produced in the Scarab workshop has been inset with a maker’s mark struck with the image of a Scarab beetle.

Peter’s Stratum series, puzzleboxes and other art pieces have carried his personal maker’s mark from the early 90s.