Founder / Instructor at The Canadian School of French Marquetry

I'm a retired wood boat builder. I spent most of my life self employed, owned a small shipyard for a while and retired in 2004 after selling a small ferry business that I started in 1990. When I sold it, it had twelve 20' ferries , nine of which I had built myself.
In my retirement I sail my 30' Nonsuch Catboat in the Canadian Gulf Islands and the American San Juans and play in my fully equipped woodworking shop.
I took up marquetry in 2010 and have built around fifteen chevalets (de marqueterie) Most of my woodworking now involves marquetry in some form but everything I make involves a challenge to accomplish something I haven't done before.
In 2015 I opened The Canadian School of French Marquetry teaching in my shop in Cowichan Bay, but as of fall 2019 have replaced the in shop classes with interactive video classes.

http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/index.html

-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Published!

shipwright — I just picked up my mail to find four copies of the latest Canadian...

I've entered a contest

shipwright — Hi all. I have entered my Louis XIV jewellery box in a contest at...

Got some good press for my school

shipwright — Lee Valley’s social media person contacted me a week or so ago about posting...

I won two awards!

shipwright — The winners of the 2015 Veneertech Craftsman’s Challenge were announced...

Chevalet Demos at the Sooke Fine Art Show

shipwright — Some photos of my chevalet demos at the Sooke Fine Art Show on Saturday....

Liability of teaching a class in my shop - Canada

shipwright — Last year I gave a chevalet demonstration at a local fine art show where I...

Gotta love hot hide glue, a small shop mishap

shipwright — I had a little glue spill today …… on my workbench top. Back in my epoxy...

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, anyone going?

shipwright — I will be in the Festival this year (Sept. 5,6,7) with Friendship and would...

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