Dan is a self-taught woodworker turned woodcarver/boat builder. His formal education, from Brock University and Sir Sanford Fleming College, is in the environmental field. However, after several years in the field Dan was drawn in by his love for woodwork and decided to open his own business.
Dan’s shop is located at his home just south of Port Perry, Ontario, Canada. He began by building small simple furnishings and accents. After purchasing a small set of carving tools, Dan began adding carving to his projects. Before long the carving became the central part of his business.
In addition to carving, Dan does antique and furniture repair as well as building new. Previous commissions have ranged from simple lettering to large figures and from small boxes to large and complex furnishings. Dan’s work can be seen throughout Ontario as well as the U.S. and overseas. He does work for both private and corporate clients.
Dan’s in recent years fulfilled a dream to build boats. When it came time to decide which style of boat to build, the decision was easy. With Adirondack style guideboats it’s love at first sight. That, coupled with a desire to build beautiful things that are useful, made the choice easy.
Also relatively new to the repertoire are traditional hand-built Windsor chairs. Built entirely by hand using riven wood. They are light and comfortable. The chairs and benches are a pleasure to look at as well as to sit in.
Dan has also turned his skills to things purely for whimsy. Things like:
- Automata…Curious wooden mechanical devices.
- Fan birds… Whittled from a single piece of wood.
- Hobo flowers…Carved or turned on the lathe, they’re fanciful and fun.
Please take some time and browse around our web site. I’m sure you will find something that interests you.
Below is a short documentary video produced by Dave Hunter of Personal Documentaries Canada.