career began when he commenced construction of his own house approximately
20 years ago, and, as with all things unfinished, his attention
gradually wandered to less grandiose projects.
Like his house, his designs in wood follow a
common theme - a mixture of sophisticated joinery and simplicity
of geometrical lines that pick up the grain or colour of a board,
enabling the wood to speak for itself. He particularly enjoys
employing the rough (waney) edges of a board to achieve a dramatic
sweep or curve, and has been infrequently caught gluing back the
bark that has fallen off a board. He refers to this form as "rustic
Although much of his time is devoted to the construction
of large items, he still finds time to maintain a small collection
for sale in Valley Artisans, ranging from wooden trays to coffee
tables, benches and clocks made from
~ Maple Burl Table - with oak legs, one of 69 pieces accepted
for Ontario Craft '07, A Biennial Juried Exhibition of Works by
Members of the Ontario
~Kaszubian Oak - Mike's kaszubian oak coffee table was
displayed at the juried show Art
from Trees at the South
of 60 gallery in Barry's Bay, ON.
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