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.
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