What is your business, and what do you make?
I make many kinds of boxes, from large jewellery and small trinket boxes, to memory boxes with secret compartments to small wall cupboards with adjustable shelves, all crafted from exotic woods.
How did you get started in this business?
I have been a professional woodworker for 40 years, apprenticing under a European-trained Master Cabinetmaker. I started my own small manufacturing business in 1981, specializing in early Canadiana reproduction furniture.
Is this a full time job for you?
This is my sole/soul job, making pieces that are usually given as gifts of love and cherished for a lifetime.
What is your first memory of making something?
In 1976 I made a bookcase for my new bride out of clear Cedar. My grandson now uses it for his books.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about being craft fair vendor?
My favorite part of being a craft fair vendor is meeting so many of my fellow humans. My least favorite is the packing up after working so many long hours.
What is the biggest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
A customer called to tell me that when he gave his wife one of my boxes, it made her realize how much she was loved. That gift literally changed the quality of their relationship.
What is one holiday tradition in your family?
Feasting, relaxing and spending time together.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A box, of course.
If you could pick two celebrities to be your parents, who would they be?
Barack and Michelle Obama
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be?
Robinson Crusoe: I would only be lost for a week.
If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Throw a grand party, buy my daughter and her family a house, take my wife traveling and start a bursary program to support young people entering the woodworking field. Among other things!