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Meet Will, Our Shop Manager

Meet Will, Our Shop Manager

A lot goes on behind the scenes at Son of a Woodcutter. The work we do wouldn’t be possible without our awesome team. They’re dedicated and hardworking. They’re passionate about their craft. Will is no exception.


We asked him a few questions about his background in woodworking and his role at Son of a Woodcutter. Here’s what happened! 



When did you get into woodworking?

Similar to Jack’s woodcutting father, my dad is a carpenter and I grew up working with him. Growing up, I would make the things I needed like shelving, coffee tables and bed frames from the off-cuts my dad would bring home and other found materials. When I studied fine arts in university, I met a technician who taught me how to build my first proper table. After that, I was hooked for life.

 

What’s your role at Son of a Woodcutter?

My official role of ‘Shop Manager’ means that alongside making the products we make, I keep the workshop running as smoothly and as I can, so we can continue to produce our products at an efficient rate whilst keeping a high standard of craftsmanship.  

 

How long have you been with Son of a Woodcutter?

I’ve been working with Jack the past four years from the early stages of Son of a Woodcutter when we were focusing on reclaimed pallet wood coffee tables. Now we’re building 20ft solid wood boardroom tables. It’s been great to be a part of that growth.


What’s your favourite tool? Why?

Probably my block plane. You become more attached to your sharp tools like hand planes, chisels and knives because you spend lots of time keeping them sharp and maintaining them. (For those who don’t know, a block plane is a woodworking hand plane with a blade and is designed to cut end grain)

 

What kind of furniture is your favourite to build? Why?

As long as the furniture is practical and functional I love building it all.

 

Have you ever had a super challenging project?

Most definitely, we encounter challenges on a daily basis but we always seem to deliver the goods at the end. Problem solving is always 50% of the job.


One challenge in particular was the time we carried a 10ft table from our workshop across the road, up the street and through a labyrinth of corridors and stairs to an upstairs office space. We have lots of stories of tricky deliveries all over Toronto.



What would be your advice for someone who wants to do the work you do?

Give it a go! You’ll realize very quickly if it is the right fit for you. It’s like any other skill set, the more you do it the better you become and the better you become the more you love it.

You’ll never stop learning.



Want to know more about our team and our products? Contact us at jack@sonofawoodcutter.ca

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    Jack Fouracre