I specialize in working with Vancouver Island's native woods and my favourites are Arbutus, Garry Oak and Western Maple. I like to be able to select the log, mill it and dry the lumber so that I know what I have in stock and where the wood came from. My clients appreciate knowing the history of the wood and becoming part of the tree's story as well. I usually allow the wood to dry for two or three years before using it for furniture.
My work is centred on the requirements of my clients. I interpret their needs to create something unique and special, just for them, while working within my own style. I enjoy the problem solving aspect of designing and working on a complex piece.
What drives me as a furniture maker is having continuous opportunities to challenge my skill level. I am constantly working at making my shop more efficient and increasing my technical abilities. I love the tools and the sawdust and the whole process of furniture making. It is a very satisfying way to earn a living.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
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