As one who loves cooking, Stephen wanted a heavy chopping board. Since the commercial ones were too expensive, he milled up some scrap hardwood in his shop and made a maple board. It was so lovely that he made a few more, incorporating maple, black cherry, black walnut and Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry). The boards turned out beautifully, and before he knew it, he started using wood that he had designated for furniture. He found the process of making the boards fun and therapeutic. In fact, he finds them to be the most fun items to make.
When asked about his favourite piece of work that he’s done, Stephen said
“I made an heritage wagon for my granddaughter in the States. It incorporates Black Cherry, Butternut, hard Maple and Douglas Fir. It is my own design and I wanted the materials and input to reflect 3 generations of fathers. My father-in-law donated the handle and the fir lumber from his old house in Bethany, I designed and built the wagon and my son-in-law, Brianna’s Dad, will be painting her name on the wagon.” Stephen’s wife, Christine, made the cushions for the wagon.
You can meet Stephen at 30 Craft Market on May 2nd at the Peterborough Public Library!