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Lignum Vitae: Contributors

Lignum Vitae: Contributors

Aaron Tufts
Biography Aaron Tufts lives in Calgary and creates high-end custom residential millwork and furniture. He enjoys transforming raw materials into beautiful pieces of furniture, for which he gets to use his imagination to conceive new and interesting designs and ideas. He is most influenced by nature, architecture and other furniture designers. Aaron graduated from SAIT's Engineering Design and Drafting program before pursuing the Cabinetmaker program as a part of his apprenticeship.
Project a river runs through it reverse live edge table
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Category Professional
Adriel Salzgeber
Bio Adriel Salzgeber is a second year apprentice at Canmore Woodcrafters. He has an eye for quality, an appreciation for the beauty of wood and a desire to continuously improve at his trade.
Project Swiss Aid
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Category Apprentice individual
Adrian Lay
Bio Adrian Lay is a professional woodworker who created a high-concept coffee table for the Lignum Vitae gallery. His piece shows his desire to create something he had not seen before. Adrian has dedicated his career to producing pieces that are unique and intriguing. The twisted frame and border around the shelf of the piece are stained, curly maple, while the legs, shelf and glass support are made of wenge.
Project Coffee table
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Category Professional individual
Website http://www.transitdesigns.ca/
Andy Samek
Biography Andy Samek is a self-described troublemaker who is happiest working with different media techniques. Samek works at SAIT as a welding instructor — a position that allows him to support his creative habits. He’s influenced by nature and feels most rewarded by making beautiful pieces that have purpose and contain energy.
Project 2 hand-forged Chef knives with wooden handles
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Category Gifted amateur
Bradford Thomson
Website http://www.deerwoodsupply.com/
Biography Bradford Thomson is a third-year cabinetmaker apprentice, who works for Deerwood Custom Millwork.
Project Live edge chestnut and walnut console table
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Category Apprentice individual
Brent McLeod
Bio Brent McLeod is a SAIT Cabinetmaker graduate. He has great appreciation for pieces crafted from wood and admires how builders use inherent grain patterns and wood colours to bring visual life to their creations. He has a deep love for music and blended his two passions together to create a custom guitar. He aims to create specialty guitars using natural materials like wood, shell and bone.
Project Guitar
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Category Gifted amateur
Chris Gill
Project Shaker settee with live edge, electric guitar
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Category Professional individual
Clive Kennard
Bio Clive Kennard accidentally discovered design at age 17. Abandoning his pursuit of physics, Clive spent every spare moment in the art studio and wood/metal shop. After graduating with a Furniture Design degree from Nottingham Trent University, Clive had a successful career in point of sale/point of purchase design, where several of his designs have won POPAI awards. After immigrating to Canada, Clive's career advanced, but he was increasingly motivated to return to creating. He founded Transit Designs in 2015, which he describes as the fruit of his lifelong endeavour to create.
Project Azimuth audiophile, also 1 more piece
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Category Professional individual
Website http://www.transitdesigns.ca/
Dan Swiatek
Bio Dan Swiatek is a long-time SAIT woodworking instructor and relentlessly creative and energetic individual. He has an excellent eye for design and an intense appreciation for the natural beauty of wood.
Project Pine spoke back bench, pine wall cabinet, cherry bench
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Category SAIT instructor
Gary Gunthorpe
Bio Gary Gunthrope is a retired Engineer who spent 40 years designing new products. His grandfather was a master wood carver, educated in Loughton, England before he moved to Calgary and setup shop making furniture, church pews and doors. Many years ago Gary inherited his tools and tried his hand at making a simple jewel box. He enjoyed woodworking so much he has done it each night ever since. He was president of Southern Alberta Woodworks Society (SAWS) for three years.
Project Elaborate carved jewel box historical copy
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Category Gifted amateur
Website http://www.garysworkshop.com/
Greg Ball
Bio Greg Ball is an instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at SAIT, and a SAIT graduate. Starting his career as a carpenter building houses, Greg continued his education pursuing industrial design. Greg has experience designing and making consumer products, large-scale public art, architecture and furniture pieces. He finds bringing his concepts to life from hand-drawn designs the most rewarding part of his career.
Project 2 laminated fly fishing nets
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Category Individual
Website http://www.johngregball.com/gallery/urban-design/
Harold Bergmann
Bio Harold Bergmann is a Cabinetmaker instructor at SAIT. With a long history of creating with wood, Harold joined his junior high woodshop program and has been hooked ever since. Harold was featured in Canadian House and Homes and The Home and Garden Show. As an instructor, Harold appreciates passing on his lifelong passion to his students, and is rewarded by watching his students grow in their craft.
Project Piecrust table
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Jack Billo, Jen Carr
Bio Jack Billo has been a cabinetmaker for 23 years, spending the last five working at Nick’s Woodcraft Industries Ltd. Nick’s Woodcraft Industries Ltd. is submitting a project jointly crafted by Jack Billo and Jenn Carr. Their piece is the result of freedom of imagination and creativity. Jack is passionate about creating eye-catching pieces to be appreciated in home or office spaces.
Project Beautiful table
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Category Corporate team
Website http://nickswoodcraft.ca/
Jacques Sainte-Marie
Bio Jacques Sainte-Marie is an architectural millworker from Montreal. He enjoys challenging and artistic projects and the freedom they provide. He is most influenced by the cabinetmaker, Wendell Castle and the artist, David Nash. He prefers working with any North American wood and considers his current project — a stacked, segmented, conical obelisk sculpture — as his most interesting piece of work to date.
Project Stacked, segmented, conical obelisk sculpture
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Category Professional individual
Jonathon Arbour
Bio A World Skills competition 2009 participant, Jonathan Arbour lives in Beauce, a farming region with lots of forest. For his career, Jonathan works at an architectural woodworking company and in his off time, works in his garage. Jonathan enjoys working with American cherry and sugar maple woods. He finds the challenge of woodworking enjoyable, especially when he can teach others his craft.
Project Small box
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Category Professional individual
Website http://www.jonathanarbour.ca/
Josh Allen
Bio Josh Allen is a graduate of the SAIT cabinetmaking apprenticeship program. He has worked at some of the finest shops in the city and holds a degree in fine art. He currently inspires young artisans as a high school woodworking teacher.
Project Sculpted solid cherry chair in the style of Sam Maloof.
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Juan Teran
Bio A cabinetmaker and shop owner, Juan Teran has a passion for music and crafting musical instruments — he finds it rewarding to create tools for other artists. From Pincher Creek, Alberta, Juan describes the viola he submitted to the Lignum Vitae gallery as the most interesting project he's worked on. Juan graduated from SAIT as a cabinetmaker journeyman in 2003.
Project Viola
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Category Gifted amateur
Website http://azteccabinets.com/
Juerg Salzgeber
Project Zipper table
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Category Professional individual
Website http://www.blackmaplestudio.com/
Kasper Bogeland and Scott Dumbowsky-Oneski
Project World Skills training project desk
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Category Canada/ Denmark international team
Kerry Harmer
Bio Kerry Harmer teaches design at the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has a master’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of Alberta and holds a bachelor of fine arts in Design Art from Concordia University. Harmer has worked as an independent designer, maker and researcher in the fields of furniture design, interior design and conceptual art and design. Harmer’s design practice is founded on emotions and her work aims to stimulate emotional responses. Her explorations into emotional attachment to objects have allowed Harmer to create objects that are expressive in multiple ways and add meaning to people’s lives. Harmer believes that thinking about the world as manifested through objects allows her to educate users and viewers by design.
Project Whimsical coat racks
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Kevin Andreychuk
Bio Kevin Andreychuk is a Carpentry instructor at SAIT. A former Manitoban who started his career with a Bachelor of Science, Kevin joined a log building course on a whim and has been pursuing his passion for creating specialty log furniture and houses ever since. Kevin and his wife are currently building a log home for their retirement.
Project Log furniture
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Category Professional individual
Merv Krivoshein
Bio Merv Krivoshein teaches woodworking at Lee Valley, Edmonton, and is a sculptor and woodworker from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. His area of expertise lies in making his own handplanes. He most enjoys teaching and discovering new ideas, approaches and techniques. He’s inspired by the history of art, nature and the wood itself. His projects range from rustic bent willow home and garden furniture to the realistic transformation of common objects into furnishings.
Project Sculpture, turning, cool little boxes
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Website http://www.rockystudiotour.com/krivoshein-woodworking
Category Gifted amateur
Michael J.C. Holton
Bio Michael J.C. Holton works from a small studio in Bowness and crafts high-quality furniture. He is a veteran of the craft and design show and competition circuit.
Project one Dean coffee table made from cherry wood, one foundation bench made from reclaimed Douglas fir and maple.
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Mick McGowan
Bio Mick McGowan is a Cabinetmaker Instructor at SAIT and Cadmus 2016 Chair/Lignum Vitae organizer. Mick lives on a small acreage south of Okotoks and loves working with veneer. His craft is currently focused on his passion for building acoustic guitars and ukuleles. He also has a passion for building furniture. Over his 22 year career, Mick has met an incredibly talented group of craftspeople, many of whom are represented in this show.
Project Tenor ukulele, half-moon table, tool box.
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Category SAIT instructor
Paul Dean
Bio Paul Dean was born in Birkenhead, England in 1947. After completing university, he became a computer programmer. His career took him from England to South Africa and finally to Canada where he settled in Calgary in 1980. Paul was first introduced to marquetry during his teenage years at boarding school. His father was a carpenter, so woodworking seemed very natural. During his professional career, Paul completed a number of pieces of marquetry as he developed his skills and techniques. Since retirement, he has devoted more time to his craft — he recently completed a cabinetmaking course at SAIT where he was able to extend his marquetry skills to embellish wooden objects.
Project Marquetry
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Website http://www.artmarquetry.com
Category Gifted amateur
Paul Miller
Bio After retiring from a career building wooden boats, Paul Miller turned his artistic and woodworking talents to furniture making, leading him to marquetry and finally to French marquetry. Having taught himself the basics on his first chevalet, he attended the American School of French Marquetry studying under Patrick Edwards and Patrice Lejeune. His craft is a fusion of respect for the history of the art and the realization that some modern practices can seamlessly fit alongside it.
Project marquetry / studio furniture pieces: music table, facets, oops!, chart box, birds and bees box
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Website http://prmdesigns.com/
Category Gifted amateur
Randy Messier
Bio Randy Messier is an amateur woodworking enthusiast with an interest in musical instruments. Randy currently works at SAIT in the School of Manufacturing and Automation. He is a Master Electrician, power engineer and safety codes officer who has a passion for building custom Cajon street drums. Made with laminated solid woods like maple and walnut, Cajon drums have a curved back that changes the lower end tone on the instrument. When not in use, Cajon drums make a great end table and conversation piece.
Project Laminated wood Cajon street/box drum
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Category Gifted amateur
Randy Kerr / Canmore Woodcrafters
Bio Randy Kerr has been a woodworker and designer for 25 years. Starting his career as a blacksmith and woodworker he is a classic idealist — hand tools and the perfect edge are paramount. He loves architecture, art and industrial design and is inspired by nature's beauty. Randy is an award-winning craftsperson with a diverse range of artwork including exhibition, public art and commissioned pieces.
Project Currents cherry, walnut, ebonized pear-wood and Mother of Pearl table; Zastrugim walnut; Suncups #2, walnut; Deep Check, walnut.
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Category Corporate entry
Roger Zoller J
Bio Roger is a graduate of the SAIT Apprentice Cabinetmaker program. He has a flair for design and favours flowing lines and natural shapes.
Project one hickory chair and one maple chair.
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Category Experienced professional
Roman Hrytsak
Bio Roman Hrytsak's introduction to woodcarving started in 1990 when he took a course in power carving using a small Dremel tool with a flexshaft. His first project was a Western Meadowlark — and then he was hooked. He's taken many woodworking courses since and has sold art to private collections around the world. Teaching power carving at Lee Valley in Calgary has given him the most enjoyment. His carvings use free, fallen, fragile and firewood materials, with a natural or detailed finish.
Project Shoe Tree – A Family. Wood used spruce log with sapelle base. Individual shoes came from the same log and fit in the spaces they came from.
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Category Gifted amateur
Website http://www.transitdesigns.ca/
Rylan Dekok and Declan Barrett
Bio Rylan Dekok is a journeyman cabinetmaker who graduate from SAIT. Rylan and Declan Barrett competed as a Canadian/Ireland team at the World Skills competition in Sao Paulo in 2015 with Mick McGowan as an expert partner and Harold Bergmann as a trainer. The piece entered in the show was made by the team in the Canadian trials for the World Skills competition.
Project Cabinet made for Canadian trials for the World Skills competition.
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Category Gifted amateur
Timon Salzgeber
Project Coffee table
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Category Apprentice individual
Tom Gorman
Project Bubinga table/storage unit
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Category Professional individual