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.

STUDIO LOCATION
R.R. 1
Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada, P1L 1W8
From Highway 118, one km. west of Bracebridge, turn at South Monck Drive. Go north one km. Studio on right hand side.

STUDIO HOURS 
By chance or appointment.

TELEPHONE
1-705-645-6697

    

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It may not be copied or reproduced by any means or used without the expressed approval of Stephen Sprague.

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