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Muskoka Arts & Crafts show - Bracebridge July 18,19,20

best in show banner

This past weekend was the Muskoka Arts & Craft Show in Bracebridge, Ontario. I was honoured to receive the award BEST IN SHOW! I’d like to thank every one involved.

This banner was given which hung in my booth for the entirety of the show.

best in show award arts and crafts
fine woodworking booth setup muskoka arts crafts

The weather was great, the rain held off on Sunday and we were blessed with with Sun on Friday and Saturday.

fine furniture out door show pop up tent

I decided to build a stud frame floor from 10’ long 2x4’s. I have a piece of vinyl flooring that unrolls easily and looks just like a pretty nice hard wood floor.

muskoka arts and crafts best in show wood booth

This is how my booth looked on the Sunday, with rain on the horizon all day, I decided to put on the walls just in case of a sneak attack from mother nature. The tents are each 10 x 10, expand and pop up very easily.

maloof style furniture cherry walnut chairs music stand

From left to right Cherry side table, Walnut settee, Sculpted rocking chair, Bubinga Music Stand

sculpted music stand bubinga walnut stools cafe table

Bubinga music stand, Walnut & Birdseye Maple dining chair, sculpted Walnut counter stool, Walnut bar stools with cafe table.

salut cafe table walnut bar stool cherry side table coffee table live edge

Cafe table with Walnut bar stool, Cherry natural edge waterfall side table and a beautiful book matched 2’’ thick live edge coffee table.

curly maple double rocking chair sculpted maloof

A hit of the show was my most recent rocking chair which is actually a double rocking chair built from some of the best 2’’’ thick Curly Maple i’ve ever seen from Southern Ontario. Wenge highlights in the bent laminated rockers.

rocking chairs on display at muskoka arts crafts show

One of my favourite wood combinations i’ve used, beautiful Canadian Black Walnut and Curly Big Leaf Maple

curly maple wenge sculpted rocking chair

This small sculpted rocking chair has an extreme contrast between the Curly Maple and Wenge

fine wood working view from the booth

Finally the view from my booth


Until next year!


Bespoke Walnut Dining Table & Chairs

This client found my website through searching the word BESPOKE. Although this word is not used very much on this side of the pond, we now live in a world wide society where anyone from anywhere can search their local terms.

Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. "Custom-made", "made to order", "made to measure" and sometimes "hand-made" are near-synonyms. Taken from Wikepedia.

custom bespoke walnut birdseye maple dining table chairs

The grain on the Walnut table top is beautiful! I love the contrast of the Birdseye Maple and Walnut.


bespoke heirloom walnut dining chair set Birdseye maple canadian

Walnut dining room table and chair set, hand sculpted.

custom dining chair head rest back walnut

View from the back featuring flowing faire curves & a sculpted crest rail into the legs.


This shows the re-enforcement of the long grain to short grain joint at the crest rail. Hidden behind the 3 ebony plugs of each side are 3 4’’ stainless steel hardened screws.


custom dining chair walnut Birdseye maple crest rail detail

Grain orentation is very important in the crest rail. These custom dining chairs feature band saw cut grain matched Birdseye Maple.

Dining table maloof joint exposed joinery

This shows the leg joinery on the dining table. This is was is called a Maloof joint named after it’s creator Sam Maloof. The joint reveals everything the tongue & grove which is re-enforced with 2 4’’ screws which are plugged with Ebony.