In August, our glass boardroom table shattered and left us without a gathering place to share tales of adventure or lunch. The search for a new working surface was on.
In our business, timing is everything. Beau counted a young cabinet maker among his social circle and suggested we meet to discuss salvaging the metal table trestles. We met with Lucy Satzewich to discuss our interest in repurposing the old table, ideally with locally-sourced salvaged wood to match our loft-style heritage building offices. She had a better idea — using wood from the St. Jacobs market fire.
Lucy took some measurements and, with an open brief, disappeared into her studio for a couple of weeks, emerging with the most beautiful and unique design and woodcraft that perfectly unifies our endless obsessions with Canadiana and design. The new table perfectly harmonizes the scorched 100 year old Douglas Fir with the modern trestle using a custom inset panel and metal dowel assembly system.
Lucy’s been very busy, crafting butchers blocks and serving platters from the Market wood, which will be available at the Cobblestone Gallery in Waterloo. Her design methodology is drawn from the narrative behind her materials and the tension between perceptions of masculine vs. feminine labour, producing simple but highly individualized and functional pieces. Lucy’s craft also includes embroidery work inspired by unconventional themes, again pitting the masculine and feminine against each other within each piece.
We’re very fortunate to have met Lucy and for the convergence of interstellar events that led to the honour of owning such a wonderful piece of history and craft. We look forward to many brilliant debates, planning sessions, and smack downs around this table, and to keeping lettuce off our keyboards.