I have been working with wood off and on for many years, starting in my father’s woodshop and being taught careful use of and care for tools. The source material for utensils I make are found, reclaimed or legacy-cut lumber, in an attempt to not only reduce ecological footprint but extend the life of existing wood. I do occasionally visit a local-to-Durham lumberyard for wood I cannot find elsewhere when a need arises.
From time to time I am asked what species of wood I use. And indeed, I think this important for buyers to know. I primarily work with cherry, walnut and birch for all utensils and boards. I also work with maple and butternut from time to time and it comes either from the mentioned lumberyard or local wild sources where the wood has come down naturally. Butternut is sourced from legacy-cut wood, in large part because butternut is now an endangered species and may not be harvested either individually or commercially due to the prevalence of the Butternut Blight, sadly. I have also worked with reclaimed timbers of red pine and curly oak from barns and old farmhouses.
A multidisciplinarian, I have studied Historical Linguistics, Still Photography & darkroom, print-making, and Enterprise IT. I live in Bowmanville, Ontario where one of my children attends school while the other is now off at University.
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