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An Arbutiful Life: Camosun Fine Furniture Grads Exhibit Year-end Project

Author: Rob Brown
Published: April May 2022
Fergus Hudson
Fergus Hudson

In the past year, 15 Camosun students graduated with a certificate in fine furniture and joinery. To celebrate, they showcased their final projects in a public exhibit entitled “An Arbutiful Life: Seating in Arbutus and Garry Oak” at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, in Victoria, B.C.

“Our students have shown a lot of commitment,” says Camosun Fine Furniture instructor Sandra Carr. “They successfully completed their certificate program on campus during the pandemic and turned out some outstanding work.”

For over 34 years Camosun’s Fine Furniture program has been at the forefront of Vancouver Island’s woodworking and furniture-making industry.

“2020 was the only year in the three decades of our program that an exhibition had not been held,” she explains. “We were excited to be able to showcase their talents in 2021. This capstone project allowed students to push their skills in the areas of furniture design, construction and finish­ing. The exhibition promoted the fact that high quality, well-designed furniture is being made right here in Victoria out of our local wood resources.”

The students designed and crafted a variety of seating out of reclaimed arbutus and Garry oak wood supplied by the Vancouver Island Woodworker’s Guild wood recovery program.

The main focus of Camosun’s Fine Furniture student exhibition was seating, with a selection of other student works also on dis­play for the public to enjoy.

Fergus Hudson

“Z Lounger”
Arbutus, bloodwood

Fergus Hudson

Kenneth Anthony Makichuh

“Enid #1″
Arbutus, gumwood

Kenneth Anthony Makichuh

Kurtis Watters

“Diamanten in Blau”
Arbutus, nylon static rope

Kurtis Watters

Willem Sims

“Madrona Lounge Chair”
Arbutus, brass, cotton cord

Willem Sims

Rowan Fletcher

“Paddle Arm Prototype”
Arbutus, wool upholstery
(Photo by Rowan Fletcher)

Rowan Fletcher

Myles Miller

“Stige Lounge Chair”
Arbutus, fibre rush

Myles Miller

Quinn Androsoff

“Porch Dweller”
Garry oak, elm, walnut

Quinn Androsoff

Nathan Lynn

“MacCumhail’s Chair”
Arbutus, rattan

Nathan Lynn

Meaghan Kusyk

“Nuna”
Arbutus

Meaghan Kusyk

Ben King-Eagles

“Ambition”
Arbutus, jatoba, wenge

Ben King-Eagles

Alexander Finch Harper

“Curse of the Curves”
Garry oak, ash, brass rod

Alexander Finch Harper

Claire Hodge

“Leo”
Arbutus, yellow cedar, plexiglass, LED lights

 

Claire Hodge

Erin Winchur

“Arbutus 2.0”
Arbutus, bending plywood, mahogany veneer

Erin Winchur

Emily Wilson

“YYJ Chair”
Arbutus, Baltic birch, yoga mat

Emily Wilson

Gerlinde Weimer-Stuckmann

“Schnitzelpferd” (Slow Motion)
Western maple

Gerlinde Weimer-Stuckmann


Rob Brown - [email protected]

Rob is a studio furniture maker and the editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.

2 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Is there any way I could anonymously buy Meaghan Kusyk’s “Nuna” Arbutus chair?

    I will pay for shipping.

    Shona

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