I have been working with wood off and on for many years, starting in my father’s wood shop, 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, maple and birch – all hardwoods – for all utensils and boards. I have also worked with oak and butternut from time to time. Butternut is now an endangered species and may not be live-harvested either individually or commercially due to the prevalence of the Butternut blight, sadly. I have also worked with olive wood, hawthorn and 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 but hail from the prairies which will forever shelter my heart.
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