Growing up a child of European immigrants, I was surrounded by Scandinavian-designed teak furniture. Like many of my generation, I collected mid-century modern furniture, but it was hard to find and afford, so I started making my own.
In 1992, while working in a North Vancouver wood shop, I made my first set of shelves. The shelves were moved and reconfigured for each place I lived. Interest was always expressed in making more, but making more was only an option with access to a woodshop.
Using the leftover wood from that table, I made some shelves and desks for my two young boys. They needed to be flexible enough to grow with them, strong enough to withstand them, and efficient enough to fit in their small room.
When I finally accumulated enough tools and a place to use them for fine cabinet making, I made an Edo-inspired dining table, one of my most requested pieces.