How I started Woodworking

My first projects were a parquet table and a pallet platform bed. I did it all with extremely limited tools in my backyard of the time. I loved the result and have been doing this since, slowly getting better at this whole wood work thing, learning lots along the way, and best of all having greater autonomy over my space. Since then I've apprenticed, made custom pieces, collaborated with designers and friends, consulted on interiors, and created my own studio.

above: view of table when I first moved into XIV space, i removed the bottom part of the frame to bring it to coffee table height (18").

It all started about five years ago when I returned to Toronto from Greece. I rented a space to myself for the first time. It was a really tine 350~sq ft bachelor, but a good location, and all mine. The first apartment I would have had to myself since conception.

I knew right away that I didn't want any cold, sterile, big-box-type furniture in my place. Don't get me wrong, I think current manufacturing is incredibly ingenuitive and helps foster accessibility. However, I think it just lacks any relation to a human narrative or story in the supply and manufacturing chain, which bothers me. Not to mention, that as a rule they are generally inferior quality, and are novel or have a cookie-cutter design aesthetic. I like to feel connected to the things i keep in my space, that just seems inherent to me.

above: view of pallet bedframe in XIV space, chalk drawing depicting san jiao meridian flow (traditional chinese medicine)

Then the waiting... like I mentioned, I spend a lot of time figuring out how to come at all this design stuff, but lacked the gaul initially to start. I remember distinctly my mom chastising me for only having a small table and a bed on the floor for the longest time. I just knew that eventually I would get my feet wet and make it all happen, it just took a couple months.... but I did it!

I would describe the design aesthetic as raw industrial minimalist. The platform bed reflects this, it's raised off the ground allowing more view of the floor space, it's form an empty frame, all helping create the appearance of 'less' - and keeps things looking more minimal; it's construction of raw pallets and heavy locking castor wheels add to it's raw industrial aesthetic.

The tabletop was inspired by parquet, in particular the use of herringbone and chevron. Adding to the dialogue of woodworkers who have used this method, but in a realm outside it's conventional use in flooring, and into a table surface. I chose a variety of woods for this first table, offering many unique patinas and colorations - some were even blotted in paints. I did this to create more contrast vs having a single tone.

above: in my old apartments back yard; herringbone table in progress.

above: completed parquet herringbone table, made entirely of pallet wood and gas pipe frame.

My love of traditional modalities, utilitarian lifestyle, industrial design, chinese medicine, classical theology, and raw minimalism are also palpable in my aesthetic. I'm working on a short photo series to speak a little to this - stay tuned.