I don’t remember the exact moment I became passionate about woodworking, but I was intrigued from a young age. Taking it up as a hobby when my children were small got me instantly hooked. I have also always been drawn to trees and the forest; a place I still go for relaxation, inspiration and to gain clarity..
While attending the Woodstock Woodshow I was introduced to the Conestoga College Woodworking Course. A tour of their facility made me realize I wanted to pursue this more than anything else.
After completing the 3 year Woodworking Technology Co-op Program at Conestoga College, I worked in the commercial millwork industry, taking on roles as estimator, project manager and operations manager, as well as teaching Woodworking part-time at Fanshawe College and Lee Valley.
Working at the London Community Woodshop is definitely my dream job and beyond my imagination at the beginning of my journey. It is a place where people love creating and sharing with one another and where magic happens every day! From the beginning, woodworking has made a positive difference in my life and I thoroughly enjoy helping others have a similar experience. I am grateful each day I come into the shop
I had a love of craft planted in me early on. Photography and cooking were early and continued pursuits, but woodworking sucked me in completely. It satisfies a deep need to create objects of function and permanence, to make my values tangible, and to quietly, gently, genuinely leave a mark on the world.
I believe that good design is honest and true to itself, its materials, and its function. I admire traditions that value simplicity of form and construction – Shaker, Danish, Japanese. .
My interest is in furniture, especially chairs, and hand tool work (though I enjoy the odd power tool, too). Coming from an enthusiast’s perspective, I appreciate the need for a space where experienced and aspiring woodworkers alike can come together to learn and preserve the craft. I’m incredibly proud to be able to pass on what I have learned, and to help our community to take part in the shared experience of creation.
When you join the Woodshop you become a Member of the LCW Community.
From new woodworkers to retired shop teachers and cabinet makers, there is always someone with a new idea and a solution to your project challenge.
Visits around the workbench, coffee at the front desk, and sharing new ideas happens daily. This Community is one of the greatest assets to joining the Woodshop!