Canoes

Proud Canadian heritage Paul Epp I grew up on the Grande Prairie in northwestern...

Big wood

Counting the rings on legacy timber Paul Epp I was sitting in a bar...

Growth rings

Annals of our work, thick and thin One of the many beauties of wood is their growth rings. These variations in the rate of growth,...

Country-style

Design elegance has rural roots It has always surprised me that country-style furniture is often a bit crude. It seems to not only be accepted...

Artisanal

Marketers do home-made one better It has become pretty hard to reflect on marketing without tripping over the word artisanal. We have artisanal beer, artisanal...

Staying busy

New chapter: RV conversion Now that I’m not teaching, I’ve had to find a project to keep busy with. And what that has turned out...

Right to repair

Preventing waste is a responsibility To be a designer is to be very lucky. It’s our job to dream and to turn these dreams into reality. What...

Handle with care

Both tool and furniture touchpoints are key Handle: derived from the word hand. As a verb, it means: to feel or manipulate with the hands....

Oblivious: Designers must see the trees for the forest

I really like maple trees, but the tree that I’m the most familiar with is actually the most common tree in Canada, the Populus...

Balance, for now

It was harder than I had anticipated. But that’s because I didn’t think it through. I wanted to visit a furniture factory in Cambodia, and...