Working with wood is a way of connecting to people through representations of nature and recreations of the past using historical records.
I strive to develop works that investigate the relationship between positive and negative spaces. The process of creating a piece is engaging and multi-layered . I envision the final piece within the raw blank and through sensing the innate form of the wood, I guide my tools to draw out the finished product.
Building on years of experience in traditional cabinetmaking, I have developed a skillset that allows me to take on projects of varying degrees of complexity. I have combined furniture design elements, such as case work , complex joinery and bent laminations to create diverse and contrasting pieces.
I am happy to have collaborated with OneWay Manufacturing of Stratford, Ontario, a Canadian-owned and family-run business. We worked together to create a completely customized set up that allows me to turn a wide range of work, especially those with oversized diameters. This is possible because of OneWay’s innovative design and construction.
My introduction to cabinetmaking and subsequent training is centred on the use of hand tools. Through the years, I have amassed a fine collection of lay out tools, planes, chisels, carving tools and hand saws. These are essential to my work, forming an integral part of my process. I am grateful for the precision of manufacturers such as Sauer & Steiner, Lie Nielsen, Bridge City Tools, Henry Taylor, and Carter & Sons (to name a few!)
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