The Artist

The Artist

Artist and Craftsman Philip Fleishman M.D. is a retired Plastic Surgeon who has been creating wood art for over fifty years. His works include complicated intarsia, fretwork, custom furniture, delicate inlay and some of the most creative and unusual pepper mills you will ever see.

At various times a selection of his pepper mills have been displayed at the Tucson Museum of Art Gift Shop, the Gifted Gallery in Atlanta Georgia, the Curry Gallery in Tubac Arizona, the Romero Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Flavorbank Tucson Arizona, one of the largest distributors of spices and Peppercorns in the United States. Currently his works are being displayed and sold in the Wood Gallery, Newport Oregon, and Environmental Realists in the Artist Colony of Tlaquepaque, Sedona Arizona

His pepper and salt grinders are used by the former food editor of the Ottawa Citizen in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Jennifer English, a recipient of a coveted James Beard culinary award. The recipients of the Gay Cook Bursary at the School of Culinary Arts at Algonquin College in Ottawa are annually awarded one of his pepper mills. His works have enjoyed sales throughout the world.

Most recently he has embarked upon a literary career. His novel “The Gemini Factor,” a medical murder mystery/thriller is available for puchase on Amazon or directly from the author

While practicing Plastic Surgery he received many awards and honors for his work with burn patients. In 1973 the Centurions in Tucson Arizona named him “Physician of the Year” for his dedication to burn care in Southern Arizona. He is one of a very select group to ever receive the award of “Honorary Firefighter” by the Tucson Fire Department. His woodturnings reflect the same precision and attention to detail that he brought to the practice of Plastic Surgery.

“The basic principles in wood turning and reconstructive plastic surgery are the same,” says Dr. Fleishman. “In one you are changing the shape and appearance of plant tissue. In the other you are changing the shape and appearance of human tissue. In both, the goal is the same-to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing result.