Tinhouse Woodworking is housed in a restored garage that has been converted into a very funky studio and workshop by Jeff Wells and his wife, June. In addition to Jeff’s own beautifully crafted furniture, they sell creations made by local wood turners, wood carvers, and furniture makers. Jeff makes benches, harvest tables, side tables, bed boards, cupboards and smaller items, such as cutting boards and vases. He was currently working on an interesting split bench that doubles as a glove box. Another of the more interesting items he makes is something he calls his ‘Big Boy Chair’. It looks like an oversized Muskoka chair, but is easier to get in and out of, and even has space for your lap dog!
Behind every entrepreneurial venture there is often an interesting story, and this is true for Jeff, as well. While renovating his fixer-up cottage in the area, he realized how much wood was left over from his projects and thought there should be a way to repurpose the wood. So began his quest to create interesting furniture using the leftover construction materials. About five years ago, when his employment in Oshawa ended, he and June decided it was time to move full time into their now renovated home. However, they needed a retail outlet to sell their wares. When the dilapidated shop in Coe Hill became available, they purchased it and converted the building into a showroom and workshop.
Jeff uses local pine, ash, cherry and spruce. Even old hemlock and reclaimed lumber from old buildings find their way into his fascinating and unique furniture designs.
Tinhouse Woodworking is open from the May long weekend until Thanksgiving weekend, Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.