BlO: DAVID MACKENZIE
I was bom in Ottawa in 1953. I came west as a young man and have
made Pender Island my home for the last decade.
My earliest recollection of woodworking was in my father's shop
in our basement, where I used to make model ships and jewelry boxes
for my sisters out of my dad's scraps of cedar.
Today I still enjoy the feel of making things. I love building
and designing one of a kind pieces of furniture, primarily from
solids and occasionally laminates. I prefer the old world approach
to joinery and believe it to be the key to longevity in a piece
of furniture. I've been inspired by the masters like Nakashima,
Maloof, and Krenov and trust my own style is evolving with each
I've been commissioned to build everything from deluxe cigar boxes
and cradles to fine cabinets and shoji screens and my chairs have
traveled around the world in international exhibitions.
I've been a professional woodworker for twenty-five years and am
still as passionate about my craft as ever. My other passions include
my parenting responsibilities to my boys (the best), my family and
friends. I love to surf, skurf and snowboard and any kind of boating.
I feel grateful to God to have a skill that gives me such pleasure
and to be living in paradise. Whenever I cut a piece of cedar, the
smell takes me back to my dad's shop and I see my sisters' faces
smiling with the joy of having received something made with love.
When I can satisfy a customer in the same way, I am content.