After retiring from the academic world, Des Wilson spends much of his time turning wood in his workshop/studio in the Village of Belcarra in British Columbia. Here, along with his artist wife Adrienne Peacock, he has the advantage of living in an outstandingly beautiful location overlooking the fiord of Indian Arm surrounded by mountains and woodlands from which he draws much of his inspiration and materials for his art. His work has been shown in a number of galleries throughout the Metro Vancouver area as well as in private collections in Canada, the USA, Ireland and New Zealand.