Custom Woodworking

Leisure Island 2020

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2020-07-11: Getting away, to a different environment with no distractions, can lead to some new custom woodworking project ideas. This past week did that. Several days on what my friend Andris and I call “Leisure Island” on Lake Temagami always lets us relax and recharge. This time it gave me the time to come up with my next major workshop project. It will be my first sculpture. The provisional title is “Nahrung”. But first, I have a master bathroom to renovate.


What does one make with scraps left over from other projects? Serving trays, of course! The first set were made from thin strips and are standard-duty. These are made from pieces of the slabs left over from the two Raven desks. They are substantial!

The first one is a simple tray, massing only 2.4 kg. I accidentally made it in the style of Piet Mondrian, with black epoxy inlay separating the sections. The second one is a slab sitting on a carrier, and it masses 2.65 kg. The slab can be removed for cleaning or for use as a cutting board. Although, why would you want to damage this fine piece of wood with a sharp knife? Once it’s yours, use it any way you want.


Wood – the original material for tools and construction – is still the standard for quality. Wooden desks, tables, chairs, signs, and all manner of objects always stand out for their character and beauty. Wood feels warm. Wood gives a welcoming character to our environment, be it in nature or in our homes.

Modern computer-aided tools make the design of beautiful wooden objects more accessible. Modern woodworking machinery allows the creation and craftsmanship of wooden objects which more people can afford. Beauty is no longer reserved for the rich.

Mazes and puzzles are a specialty. From simple single-sided mazes to complex double-sided maps and custom shapes, mazes in wood allow a huge variety of challenges. Contact me to discuss your needs!

Boxes of various types are fun and at times challenging. My jewellery boxes feature exposed corner joints and fine woods. They will thrill and satisfy for lifetimes – yours and your heirs.

I use TurboCAD and Vectric VCarve to assist in design. In the shop I use a 16″ Hammer Jointer/Planer, a 14″ Hammer bandsaw, a Makita tracksaw, and a CanCam CNC Router to shape fine woods. I prefer maple and walnut, but also use some exotic woods for character. Most of my wood is from KJP Select Hardwoods and Bell Lumber near Renfrew. Finishing is by hand, assisted by a custom designed and built vacuum table, Festool Random Orbital Sander, and assembly table. I prefer Livos Natural Oil and Rubio Monocoat. My hand tools are primarily from Lie Nielsen and Lee Valley.

Bring your ideas for unique furniture, puzzles, or other custom woodworking objects and I will work with you to achieve a work of art which will bring you a lifetime of functional pleasure. My workshop is in Horton Township, near Renfrew Ontario Canada.

Most of my items are available at the Valley Artisans’ Co-op in Deep River. The Co-op is back to regular hours, 10:00 to 17:30 every day, so please stop in. You may want to view the Co-op’s YouTube video at Valley Artisans’ Open for Business. Many of my items are also for sale on Etsy, but at generally higher prices to cover shipping. Or of course you can use the online shop here!