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An idyllic childhood spent roaming Ontario’s woodlands - Cootes Paradise outside Hamilton in winter and the Canadian Shield of Muskoka in summer – shaped my adult life. It gave me a love of nature, and particularly, a love of trees. Wood has been my inspiration for the past thirty years as a professional woodworker.

I began my cabinet-making career in the Niagara region and moved to Muskoka permanently in 1987. Since then, I have been encouraged by my family and the vibrant artistic community of fellow craftspeople in Muskoka. The many adventuresome folks who have commissioned my work have offered me opportunities to explore my creativity and refine my skills.

I endeavour to minimize my environmental footprint in all aspects of my personal and professional life. My materials are sourced locally, often from the firewood pile or wind thrown trees. I try to avoid tropical rainforest species and commercially harvested timber. Over the years, I have planted thousands of trees, both hardwood and softwood, to replace what I have used.

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