Swaine Street Woodworking

Fresh face in a traditional trade Rats motivated Jana Bookholt to take up cabinet making. As she describes it, “It’s not a pleasant story to tell, but these pests got into my kitchen. After calling the exterminator, I was determined to not have it happen again. My solution was to replace the old, decaying cabinets […]

Marshall’s Custom Cabinetry

Respect people and they’ll respect you — and your business “I just want to treat others the way I would want to be treated, too.” This basic restatement of the golden rule is a sentiment that has sustained Brian Marshall of Marshall’s Custom Cabinetry in Ancaster, Ont., through the growing pains — and now the […]

King Furniture

Let quality 
speak for itself King Furniture is located about an hour north of the Greater Toronto Area; just outside Orangeville, or it might be Laurel. We’re still not sure. The company doesn’t have a website, so its location can’t be found there. A Google search turns up a couple of yellow pages-style directory listings, […]

Blue Heron Woodworks

The wood industry: It’s a life The rule of thumb says 90 percent of Canadians live within 90 miles of the U.S. border. However, the U.S. does not define Canada. You have to go north. Virtually everybody living in or visiting the Toronto area knows the exit off the 401 for Winston Churchill Blvd., but […]

Hawthorne Kitchens, Winnipeg, Man.

An old, 1990s-vintage computer monitor sits on a desk in the corner of the administrative work area at Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Hawthorne Kitchens. Looking fat, elephantine and grey, it hearkens back to another time, sitting amid the otherwise modern array of flat-screen, high-definition monitors at other work stations. Old as it may be, it still works, […]

Kitchens by Paul Holden, Stirling, Ont.

Prosperity, according to plan While recessions are hard on companies, they are really hard on people. Therefore, when Quaker Oats in Trenton, Ont., closed its doors in 1994, people found themselves cut loose with a severance and no plan. According to Stirling, Ont.-based Paul Holden, owner of Kitchens by Paul Holden, some of those ran […]

Pilon Kitchens, Campbell’s Bay, Que.

Plan for success We should all have such problems …. According to Gerard Pilon, partner and production manager in Campbell’s Bay, Que.,-based Pilon Kitchens, “We have plenty of work – too much work, and it looks like we will never run out of work.” This situation has driven Pilon to bring on his nephew, Tim […]

Kraemer Woodcraft, St. Jacobs, Ont.

Built on Trust and Change If you enter “Canada’s heritage” into Google, you will get back over seven million “hits,” or results. None of them appear to “get it.” The first return is for the Canadian government’s Heritage Canada program for magazines. This is where millions of tax dollars are given to magazines that have […]

Talon Millwork, Beamsville, Ont.

Done right, every time If you’re an architectural millworker, this has already happened to you. You got underbid on an important job — a school, a clinic or an office — only to be called months later because your competitor has not completed the job as agreed. Plywood has been replaced with particle board, agreed-upon […]

Family builds prosperity

As if the palm trees and razor wire weren’t enough to remind us we weren’t in Canada anymore, the pistol on the hip of the bellhop did it. Life is not easy in Honduras. There are, however, some paths to prosperity, and Flavio Ali Yacub Tellez found one in wood when he started Muebles Ali […]