About Saratoga Woodworks
Woodworking has been in me since I was a child. Growing up in rural Campbell River I always had a keen interest in designing and building things from wood. As I got older woodworking developed into a serious hobby and as I moved forward, I explored design and function to create useful and long-lived practical pieces. Along the way, I was mentored by some experienced craftsmen and I began to explore many different styles and genres eventually finding inspiration in the Arts & Crafts movement.
I have nurtured the Craftsman philosophy utilizing locally sourced materials, then crafting with respect for this valuable resource.
My passion for local woods began early in my career in the forest industry. In my work up and down the coast I often found myself in awe of the magnificent trees we have on this coast. This appreciation for these stunning trees in their natural habitat provides the inspiration for each piece of wood that goes into my furniture.
Designing and building our first home led me to my first significant project of engineering and building all the doors and windows for the home. For the next 20 years doors and windows would be the focus of my woodworking business all the while dabbling with furniture. As I developed my design skills, I also refined my workmanship and attention to detail.
My doors and windows are most commonly built with Douglas Fir, while my furniture is crafted from Plain and Figured Maple, Yew,and Cherry along with what ever local gems I’ve been able to reclaim along the way.
My passion is using traditional joinery to produce quality pieces, while exploring new designs, skills and methods in an ever evolving learning curve.
Designing and creating custom one of a kind furniture is a very enjoyable and rewarding journey for both me and the client as we create something that transcends ages.
Sharing my passion, knowledge and skills with others is the biggest reward for me.