Biography

I have been a serious woodworker since 1996. I began by making furniture and projects out of necessity for myself to fulfill a need. I also saw it as a way to leave my young daughter a legacy that she could tell her children and grand children about, watching me through the years building much of the furniture that she will have in her home one day and pass on to her children.

I am driven by the need to create. I have suplimented my self taught learnings with classes and lectures from several well-known furniture makers such as Christian Becksvoort, Rob Diemert, John Robinson, Darrell Peart , Kelly Mehler and Thomas Stangeland. My design interests range from classic Arts and Crafts, Greene and Greene to Shaker to variations on the themes of each.

I use native North American hardwoods as my primary choice of material. My finished works are more likely to reflect the natural nature and character of the chosen wood rather than to use stains or dyes in the final presentation of the work. I thoroughly enjoy and take great pride in my work with attention to detail and reliance upon traditional joinery that gives me the confidence to expect a piece of furniture I build to last generations.

As a furniture maker I can offer a degree of flexibility and design control. My attention to detail not commonly found in larger shops and my works are one of a kind. I often work with a customer to adapt the furniture styles to a function that best suits them. Please look through my gallery and contact me with your questions or interests.


I have been published numerous times in Canadian Woodworking Magazine as well as More Woodturning E Magazine and featured projects on Woodworking at Home E Magazine.

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© 2007-2010 Jim Shaver