Chris has been a self-taught woodworker since the mid '80's, when a need for simple furniture, a lack
of money and some back issues of Fine Woodworking led him into the craft. He acquired his first lathe
in 1988, and with the help of Richard Raffan’s Turning Wood and much trial and error, was soon turning
A large part of his current work consists of laminated salad bowls, in various woods and sizes. Drawing
on his woodworking skills, Chris assembles bowl blanks using rough-sawn, one- inch lumber. These are then
turned and finished. The result is a simple, functional yet elegant design that lends itself to small
production runs. Chris enjoys the challenge of making quality pieces efficiently, with as little waste
of time and materials as possible.
This production work is balanced with more individual turnings, using local wood, often from discarded trees.
"Here I play with defects and irregular grain patterns, perhaps adding a rim in a contrasting exotic
wood. I like to texture these pieces, often with a small, hand-held rotary tool. I find this softens
the hard, polished, turned surfaces. These pieces are meant to be touched. I look for simplicity and
directness, a quiet display of details where no one aspect overpowers another. It's really a very
tactile and sensual approach."
Chris is a member of the Ontario Craft Council, the Conseil des métiers d'arts du Quebec and a founding
member of Galerie Farfelu in Montreal. He has won various awards, at the Ottawa Wood Show woodturning
competition (1995,1996,1997), "Turning on Furnishings" show, Toronto and Kingston (June 2000), and at
the Durham Wood Show Competition, Durham, Ontario (2001, 2003). He has received an Honourable Mention
for Best Contemporary Craft, and the Rick Thompson Memorial Award, at the One of a Kind Show, Toronto.
In 2002 he was selected for the Spring One of a Kind Show, Toronto advertising campaign and his work
appeared as half-page ads in the Toronto Star and on the cover of the show guide.
Chris currently teaches cabinetmaking at Rosemount Technology Centre, Montreal. You can find his work at
Galerie Farfelu (www.farfelugallery.com) Montreal, at the Guild Shop (www.craft.on.ca) Toronto, and at
Kiss the Cook, London, Ontario.
Recently he has been giving seminars and turning demonstrations (West Island Woodturners www.wiw.woodturner.ca,
au Tour a Bois www.autourabois.com) and hopes to set up private instruction (individual and group), in
the near future. He has recently completed his first instructional video, Laminated Bowls. Chris also does
custom turnings such as bedposts and table legs, any size or design. You can reach him at:
By appointment only
When he’s not turning bowls, building cabinets or teaching, he spends his time with his family and plans to
build a home and shop on sixteen acres of bush and pasture in Eastern Ontario.