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custom wood furniture by Peter Walsh
Victoria, B.C., Canada

In the summer of 2007, as part of The Furniture Society conference in Victoria, I exhibited a piece in the Cascadia exhibit at the Maltwood Art Gallery located at the University of Victoria. This exhibit featured juried studio furniture from British Columbia as well as Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.

The title of the conference was “Cultural Mosaic: Reflections of the Coastal Rain Forest” and the theme was the interaction of the various cultures that have made the west coast their home. To reflect this theme my piece was a chest which combined the European style in it’s rounded, strapped top and the Coastal First Nations’ style in the appearance of a bentwood box base. Expanding on this theme I built the chest using red and yellow cedar, Douglas fir, western maple, arbutus, yew, and alder; all woods from local coastal trees which both the First Nations peoples and the European settlers would have used to create beautiful and functional items for their everyday use.


2007 Cascadia Exhibit Chest


Bedroom Wall Unit in Birch with Mahogany Trim


American Cherry Shaker Chair


American Cherry Shaker Modern Tripod Table


Western Maple & Alder Hope Chest with dovetail corners


Child's rocking chair in Maple