We welcome back two of the jurors we had last year. MOWS wanted to have some continuity with the judging last year and decided to return two members of last year's panel to provide the year over year link.
Being drawn to the beauty of wood at an early age Steven has been woodworking since he was 16. He pushed his skills through practice, books and talking with fellow woodworkers until discovering the works and teachings of James Krenov along with some of the other masters of the field. He attended Rosewood Studio where he refined his skills further and started making custom pieces for clients.
Steven teaches private lessons in his own shop as well as classes and seminars at Lee Valley Tools, colleges and woodworking clubs. He is also a contributor to Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement magazine.
“I enjoy teaching as inevitably I end up learning something and I never want to stop learning”
Although his passion is creating one of a kind pieces, Steven also enjoys making tools such as wooden hand planes or bow saws to work the wood for those pieces.
Steven lives and runs a small shop Mississauga, Ontario.
Rob Brown founded his company Equinox Interiors and has been making nature inspired custom furniture for clients over the past decade. Solid wood is his foundation, but he often incorporates rock slabs, small stones and copper into commissioned pieces as well as speculative work. However it is his use of hand-made Japanese paper that draws him a lot of attention. From traditional shoji screens to cabinet doors ornamented with what he calls “paper on paper”, his designs are simple, strong and stylish. Many of his pieces are in galleries and private residences across Canada.
About 4 years ago Rob became the editor of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine, though he continues to build studio furniture on a regular basis.
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Jim was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and has made his home near Mansfield, Ontario. He is a self-taught master wood turner
Early in his career he came across a book by Dale Nish which described how to make a bowl from a board. Intrigued, Jim tried this technique and has not looked back. He took Nish's basic idea and expanded the horizon almost exponentially.
Jim uses this method to give new life to old wood. Dock cedar, fallen branches from the forest, stair railings, window frames, historical wood and so on - all have been given new life through Jim's careful nurturing.
Always trying to find new and better ways of making his pieces, Jim is constantly innovating. He is aware that others may wish to follow him. To this end he has been making videos of his methods of work and various techniques which he employs. These are available through YouTube and in HD through his website.
Jim's pieces can be found in various collections on every continent except Antarctica. His work has been purchased by a former US president and been given as gifts to a member of the British Royal Family. He is represented by a number of galleries in Canada.
Besides his regular work and commissions, Jim also has a project that he has been working on over the last several years. "History in the Making" is a show that has about 20 pieces in it and each piece has a story or the wood has a history to it. Jim has a website for this show and every piece that has been in the show has a webpage with the story of the work, discussion on how the piece was made and video of some of the highlights.