woodcraft

Mike Godin of Wood and Tique

Mike Godin of Wood and Tique

I am a husband and Father of two girls. We all love to create and design. My wife, Tammy and I are partners in the business and life. It began the first summer we had “off” while teaching [2002]. We received a load of barn board and ceiling tin and it grew from there! We get inspiration from the small things… driftwood along the shore through to free pieces of furniture on the roadside. We have a small farm on the edge of Trenton where we tap and make maple syrup, grow Christmas Trees and harvest wild grapes for jelly and wine! I work from home and have a small shop consisting of both wood and metal fabrication areas. I mill lumber from our property and try to salvage as much material as possible to ensure minimal waste.

Dave Burns of Lake Wood Design

Dave Burns of Lake Wood Design

Dave Burns of Lake Wood Design has always loved creating. In fact, he made a career out of it; he worked in renovations for 30 years. However, his first love was grade 9 woodworking class. It was there that he made his first table, a piece which he still owns today.

Many, many, years ago when I was in Grade 9, I built my first table out of mahogany for my Mom. Today, I still have that table even after my Mom has since passed. The table has withstood the test of time and the memory has been shared across generations. When I started crafting that table, I fell in love with woodworking.

Josiah and Katrina Rosie of Rosewood Restorations

Josiah and Katrina Rosie of Rosewood Restorations

osiah and Katrina Rosie are the couple behind Rosewood Restorations. Originally from New Zealand, Josiah met Katrina (a Canadian) while working at a summer camp in Alberta. The couple married, and lived in New Zealand for a number of years together. They then moved to Kingston, Ontario for Katrina to pursue further study.

Working and studying full time, the pair are always looking for creative outlets. Rosewood Restoration was born of this creativity. Together, they design and create custom furniture and housewares which are both beautiful and practical. Beginning in their rental apartment’s basement, Rosewood Restorations has recently been upgraded to a garage. Says Josiah, “We finally have space to make into a full-sized workshop!”

Mohsen Tashakor of Mohsen Wood Craft

Mohsen Tashakor of Mohsen Wood Craft

In Iran, where I am from, there is a centuries-old culture of creativity and handcrafted arts and decor. I owned my own shop and sold Persian carpets and tablecloths until I met and married my Canadian wife, Allison. In fact, Mohsen Wood Craft is the product of a beautiful love story. In 2007 after surviving cancer, Allison decided she would travel to the gorgeous country of Iran for a fresh start. We met in the local bazaar where I sold Persian carpets. We hit it off and the rest is history! Four years of long distance later, I finally made it to Canada in 2011. When I moved to Canada I needed to retrain. I chose woodworking and cabinetmaking because it allowed me to continue to be creative while earning a living. Mohsen Wood Craft has been in the works ever since. With a focus on local and sustainable craftsmanship, I make tables, cutting boards and other wood products in my home shop using new and reclaimed local hardwoods.