Timothy Dyck // Blacksmith

The images I had in my mind of a blacksmith were mostly generated by Hollywood. I envisioned an old man standing in front of a furnace hammering on a sword or a horseshoe. Even from seeing images of Tim’s work, I had an inkling that I was on my way to see something much different. What I found was an artist pushing the boundaries of what's possible with his medium. Constantly looking to other artists and makers for inspiration, some of his techniques may be more familiar to glassblowers than blacksmiths.

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Craig Pearce // Union Wood Co.

Union Wood Co. seems to be a name that I hear fairly often as an interior designer in Vancouver. They’ve been around since 2009 and have a reputation for making some pretty cool furniture. When Ben Barber told me that he started working there after graduating from Pratt, I decided it was time for a visit.

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Ravi Pankhania // Cloth Studio

In September I attended PechaKucha in Vancouver. There was a great lineup of artists, makers and creative thinkers from around the city. Typically when I go to events of any kind – festivals, galleries, conferences – there’s always one component that I’m particularly excited about. Ravi Pankhania of Cloth Studio was this that night.

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Ben Barber // Ben Barber Studio

When I moved from New York to Vancouver, it was Ben Barber’s work that first got me excited about the design community here. His forms and colours transport me to a simpler, more playful world. The process of metalworking is still a bit of a mystery to me and Ben Barber’s Pluto Table has had me particularly spellbound. So I went to his studio at 1000 Parker Street to see if I could wrap my brain around a sphere.

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Romney Shipway // SHIPWAY Living Design

I met Romney at IDS last year. A colleague of mine attended Emily Carr University of Art & Design with him and had wonderful things to say about his work and eco-friendly vision. His display included playful colours and fresh aesthetics that I could easily envision in both residential and commercial spaces. Curious to learn more about his process and what he’d been up to over the past year, I visited his studio for a chat.

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Richard Jarvis // Jarvis Furniture

I first heard about Richard Jarvis from Tim Grant of WoodReform. Their workbenches were diagonal from each other at 1000 Parker Street when I visited Tim, and he had a lot of good things to say about this new guy’s work. My ears perked up when Tim said that he used to be an engineer. I’m always interested to see how people’s life experiences shape what they make, and an engineering background sounded promising.

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Tim Grant // WoodReform

The last time I saw Tim was about a year ago. We met for coffee in Railtown. When he said there had been a fire at his shop in Richmond, I was afraid I wouldn’t see many more of his lovely wood furniture pieces. Today I find him cozy in his new studio space at 1000 Parker Street and cheerfully wet sanding a high gloss shelf. Before the end of our chat, he tells me that this has been his best year yet.

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