It is difficult to imagine a world without trees!
As living organisms, they are a dynamic force in nature and a source of unparalleled beauty in their
diversity of shape and form.
These external qualities are echoed in the treasure lying within them. Wood, the soul of a tree, provides us with a material to
fashion objects both useful and pleasing to the eye. Wood has been my inspiration for the past twenty years in an exploration
of its richness and versatility.
During this time, I have designed and built numerous components such as verandahs, windows,
doors, mantles, staircases, and
kitchen cabinets. Much of this work was in conjunction with restoration of heritage buildings, as well as new construction. In
addition, I have always welcomed furniture commissions and I have designed and executed many pieces including hutches, wall
cabinets, dining and occasional tables, desks, and chairs.
Woodworking at northern latitudes is extremely challenging due to the wide fluctuation in relative
humidity between summer and winter. The most crucial aspect therefore, of furniture design and
construction, is to consider this fact when selecting materials and assembling a piece. I am ever
mindful of utilizing techniques that will stand the stress of humidity induced wood movement. To this
end, I maintain an extensive inventory of
well-seasoned, custom sawn hardwood and softwood lumber.
My inventory also provides a broad selection of material which is essential in the design of fine
furniture. I prefer to work with native hardwoods such as walnut, cherry, maple, ash, and oak. In
order to match colour, texture, and figure, I feature wide widths, often "book matched" and always
sawn from the same log. To create more striking contrasts in my designs, I utilized heavily-figured
material such as bird's-eye maple in concert with walnut or cherry.
My goal is to produce well-proportioned pieces with minimal surface embellishment in order to
enhance the natural beauty of the material. Each piece is meticulously hand-finished with multiple
coats of oil and varnish to ensure the lasting beauty of the wood and overall quality of the work. A
successful design will provide enduring pleasure
to the owner who appreciates artistic expression and careful attention to detail.
Visitors to my workshop and showroom are always welcome to view work in progress and finished
pieces on hand or to
discuss their own particular projects.