As I said in the last post, as an independent craftsperson, I am building projects in my shop. But ALSO I am working as a millwork contractor and installer. Ive teamed up with my amiga @kmsalterdesign and we have been working with manufacturers to produce beautiful interior design projects for clients.
You must be confused, perhaps wondering ‘why is he getting manufacturers to build his millwork if he just built a shop?’
Well in the world of wood, one can make a diacotomous division between Furniture : and : Millwork.
Furniture is made slowly and with great care. It involves specialized artisanal techniques, as well as a design/ problem solving ability. Most furniture pieces are relatively small in scale, and don’t take up much shop space.
Millwork is an industrial trade. The market is VERY competitive among local and international manufacturers. It involves large industrial machines and techniques, large amounts of space, and a focus on efficiency. The average millwork project such as a kitchen takes a lot of space to build and store, an is best fit to a large manufacturing facility. That said, installing the work still takes a technical skill akin to furniture making.
So with these two definitions in mind, I make furniture in my small basement shop. I take my time, and do beautiful time consuming work for any client that needs that type of piece.
AND I work with manufacturers to organize and build millwork projects. Then I use the truck and trailer and tools pictured above to install the projects. All interior design work on projects is done top to bottom by my partner KMSalter Design.
So actually, it is a divided business. one step in Montreal, one step in Ontario haha…