Woodworking [How it all Started]

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 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. 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 small 350~sq ft bachelor, but a good location, and all mine.

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 on a visit, 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!

above: view of my parquet herringbone table when I first moved into XIV space [i removed the bottom part of the frame to bring it to coffee table height 18"].

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