Working with wood for over 30 years, custom furniture has been my focus since 1989. I have made free standing hardwood furniture, restored antiques and made Municipal signage as well as doors and windows. My work is in homes and on beach accesses across Canada, the United States, Japan, France and the UK.
For a finish, I mostly use a plant-derived, petroleum-free, waterproof varnish developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920’s. It is grown pesticide and herbicide free and is both foodsafe and safe for hyperallergenics. I have adapted french polishing techniques for its application.
I acquired appreciation for the furnituremaking and french polishing crafts while apprenticing with Spink’s Restoration in London in 1985/6. We restored 18th. century English furniture mostly – some of the finest woodcraft ever produced, in a world far from the speed of today. This is the foundation of everything I make.
"Edmund built us a house-full of windows and french doors almost twenty years ago. We still get tremendous pleasure both looking at them and using them every day. Superb craftsmanship, fabulous materials. A real joy."
- Pete & Sandy: a triple and a double set of french doors and 11 windows, all mullioned, in douglas fir, walnut and red cedar
"Edmund's work goes well beyond the boundaries of regular furniture - each piece is an art installation. The presence of his work alone is enough to be transported into a mythic world."
"The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web."
- Pablo Picasso
"Art is sacred. The artist has a responsibility to not pollute the world, to not lose himself to materialism. That doesn't mean you can't sell your work. It means that you always are searching for the truth."
- Herb Elsky