Nestled in the Archipelago on the shores of Georgian Bay Ontario, this 140 sq. ft. Western Red Cedar bunkie was a labour of love. It was designed as additional sleeping quarters for a lakeside cottage and built on weekends over the course of a summer. All the materials were brought in by barge to the water-access property. The resulting magazine article was nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award. Many thanks to Chris Campbell for the stunning photography. If you want to make my year, hire me to build one of these for you. Or imagine this as a tiny home… just sayin'.
CHW Dock Box
Client: Private commission, published by Canadian Home Workshop Magazine
I designed and built this cedar dock-box to store water toys and spare life jackets. The dimensions are based on the length of foam pool noodles. The basket-bottom slats are a nod to maritime lobster traps and the orange colour for the end panels is a dead-ringer for those vintage fabric life vests. The story was later picked up and re-run in Cottage Life Magazine.
Herb (or beer) Caddy
Client: Cottage Life Media, a Division of Blue Ant Media, Inc.
This is one in a series of small, simple and stylish projects developed for Cottage Life Magazine. Easily-built projects that look good are one of my specialties. These projects are designed to use off-the-shelf lumber and simple building techniques that do not require a shop full of specialized tools.
CHW Sunset Bleacher
Client: Private Commission, published in Canadian Home Workshop Magazine
The end of a perfect summer day in cottage country is an event worth planning for. As the sun sets over rippled water, shimmering against darkening silhouettes of rocks and trees, the only thing you can add is a place to sit comfortably and take in the beauty. This bench, simple to make from standard cedar lumber, can help you maximize the view. It requires a few angled cuts and butt and lap joints, held together with galvanized carriage bolts and deck screws.
The shape of this bench might seem familiar because the design uses the same details found on most picnic tables: horizontal supports bolted to angled vertical legs, with 2x6s offering a place to sit and support your feet. Although all project parts could easily be cut with a handsaw or handheld circular saw, a mitre saw makes it easier and quicker to do the necessary slicing.
I designed and built this barn board piece to resemble a classic flat-to-the-wall cabinet. It's proportions are specific to the combination of electronics it houses. I love grey barn boards, but not a fan of rustic design. The crisp edges and clean lines of this cabinet are a nice contrast to the weathered crags of the old boards. Thanks to Roger Yip for the superb photography.
Over the past 20 years, I have designed and built hundreds of private commission furniture and small home decor pieces for clients, galleries and retailers as well as publications. My work has been featured in magazines and exhibitions including Style at Home, Canadian House & Home, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Home Workshop, One of a Kind Craft Show and The Interior Design Show. This winter, I will be exhibiting at the Market Collective Tenth Anniversary Show in Calgary.