Eric has been a fine wood worker and cabinet maker since 2007. He has a background in Fine Arts. He makes custom furniture, tables and chairs, writing desks, doors, and niche cabinetry. He likes to use local hardwoods, reclaimed lumber and any wood with unique character. He recently made a fine multi layered dowel-hinged jewelry box using a single board of black walnut.
He is currently making a large wardrobe using local spalted maple. Spalted wood is wood that has been allowed to begin initial stages of decay, and then is subsequently dried, preventing further decay. The partial decay, called spalting, gives the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where fungus has begun to attack the wood. This gives the piece a very unique character. He has also used buried hemlock, barn boards, and an old pickle vat to make his interesting creations.
When not producing beautiful wood working treasures, Eric and his wife Lauren are creating a small scale, large volume farming production hub. They are in the process of putting up a greenhouse, which they will use to start heritage tomatoes and many other vegetables for their CSA (Community Shared Agriculture), as well as the plants that Lauren uses for her landscaping operation that caters to homeowners in Toronto. To find out more, visit www.smallspadegardening.com