I proudly support local sources for all my wood, and I am pleased to be a member of Ontario Wood.
Ontario Wood, administered by the Ontario government Ministry of Natural Resources, raises awareness of locally-grown, locally-made wood products and encourages Ontarians to buy local. It supports the entire wood industry, including craft woodworkers like me.
If you see the Ontario Wood logo in a shop on on a web site, you know that the wood used in producing those products was sourced locally, supporting Ontario jobs and promoting a healthier environment.
All my wood is sourced locally and I process many from tree to table. Having moved to the Niagara region in 2017, I have been able to develop new local sources of wood. In many cases, I go into the orchards to cut down a tree, rough-cut the wood at my shop, dry it in my own home-built kiln, and then create and finish the final product.
Where I cannot source my own raw materials I work with local suppliers to purchase materials like large live-edge slabs or rare wood like ambrosia maple and tap maple.
In March I approached a tree service company cutting down a neighbour's large ash tree and they cut for me several large "cookies" that I will dry and turn into live edge coffee tables. I would have taken more of the tree but it was too large for me to handle; it unfortunately was sold for firewood.
You can't get much more local than "across the orchard".
Check out our products to see what Ontario wood can be turned into. It's local, it's environmental, and it's beautiful.