Contemporary Canadian furniture designers

Author: Rob Brown
Published: April May 2012
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reed hansuld

It’s very “Canadian” of us to look abroad in admiration at the globe’s great furniture makers, while in our own backyard countless skilled artisans produce gorgeous pieces that could compete with the best in the world. This is a small collection of some of our best.

It’s very “Canadian” of us to look abroad in admiration at the globe’s great furniture makers, while in our own backyard countless skilled artisans produce gorgeous pieces that could compete with the best in the world. This is a small collection of some of our best.

Reed Hansuld

Entry Way Table
Photo by Karver Whitmill
Zebrawood, Walnut, Holly and Slate
A steam-bent, double-tapered base ele­gantly supports the compound curved frame, which features a reclaimed slate top bordered in subtle inlays.
www.reedhansuld.com

reed hansuld

John Wiggers

Kidney Shaped Desk
Photo by John Glos
Macassar Ebony
The precise dimensions of this desk are founded in ancient Chinese Feng Shui texts as being conducive for attracting wealth, prosperity, nobility and integ­rity into one’s life. The shape and proportion of the kidney-shaped top is also consistent with the spiritually-based sacred design system of the Vastu Shastra, which is itself derived from the Vedic tradition in India. www.wiggersfurniture.com

John Wiggers

Doug Ives

Dragonfly
Photo by Raquel Jordao Fors
Afromosia, zebrano, port orford cedar, wenge, cocobolo and basswood.
The story of this cabinet involves a woman, as so many stories do. A woman I was fond of had a dried dragonfly, so I thought I would make a case to display it. As things go, the design became more involved, morphing from a simple box to a case with legs. I built a maquette and was pleased with the direction the case was taking. A few mock-ups helped
get the overall size and proportions settled and I was off.

Doug Ives

Jim & Eileen Jones

Woodland Chains
Photo by Benjamin Laird
Cherry
Jim was going to have Eileen hand-paint three images of Alberta scenes. However, after sealing the piece they decided to just let the grain of the cherry do the talking. The piece is finished with wipe-on poly.
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Jim & Eileen Jones


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Rob is a studio furniture maker and the editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.

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