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Premium commercial grade

Commercial work is the primary goal for custom architectural millwork shop Western Millcraft in Edmonton, Alta. Owner Greg Clark is quite clear about that. “It is very rare that we do any residential work,” says Clark. “It is not a…

Millwork and upholstery go hand in glove

Next time you tuck into a stack of pancakes at an IHOP restaurant in Alberta, chances are you’re sitting in a booth created by a company with a 60-year-plus legacy. Ryan Neumann, owner of Onsite Group of Companies in Edmonton, Alta., is…

Northern lights-out productivity

When your shop is 33 kilometres northwest of Edmonton down an unpaved side road, a visitor begins to wonder if they have made all of the correct turns along the way. Rest assured on this crisp fall morning, Palladium Products Ltd. in…

Mission, vision and principles

The executive office is at the back of the showroom of Clareville Distinctive Kitchens and Baths, in Brampton, Ont. The door is wide open, revealing a framed set of blueprints for a classic three-storey home. In the bottom right hand…

Old World meets new

The greeting couldn’t be warmer this sunny summer day. A bearded bear of a Russian welcomes me to the showroom of Barlow Cabinetworks in south Barrie, Ont., and the conversation flows. With a twinkle in his eye, Igor Slabkovski,…

Sweet 16: Just In Time

Finding this particular wood shop and furniture store was challenging, even with an iPhone GPS. The journey also came with the lingering fear that my compact SUV was about to run out of gas after being on the road for two hours. That…

Mastering mass customization

Every kitchen is the same — and different — so how does a cabinet maker profitably satisfy fickle, trend-loving consumers? Easy — through mastering mass customization where production can be accurately repeated while creating new…

Time Lasting Craftsmanship

Like salmon fighting upstream in the rivers of British Columbia, one shop in Vancouver is bucking the flow of cheap, mass-market products into Lower Mainland homes. By creating hand-crafted furniture and cabinetry with highly skilled…

Solid accomplishment

Profile: Brenlo Custom Mouldings, Mississauga, Ont. As noted in this issue's "From the Editor" department, there is a feeling in the industry that the glory days of solid wood are over. The labour-assisted killing of Quebec's Shermag…

Enns Cabinetry, St. Catharines, Ont.

Craftsmanship and all that goes with it is in Art Enns’s blood. “My grandfather was a cabinetmaker but I never knew him,” he says almost matter-of-factly, as his father, George, 86, finishes turning a Christmas ornament on an old General…

Irpinia Kitchens, Richmond Hill, Ont.

From Avellino with love: No substitute for passion By Kerry Knudsen The last time I profiled Ontario’s Irpinia Kitchens was in 1998 or 1999. While we rarely repeat profiles, I have wondered what happened with Irpinia during the U.S.…

Success comes cold-calling

There’s a line in a song by the legendary Maritimes singer/songwriter, Stan Rogers, about an Alberta rodeo-star-turned-rancher-being-cattle-rustled that goes, “Forty-four’s no age to start again.” But that’s exactly what Gary Litwin did…

Profile: Cutler Group

Jonathan Glick is on a constant high. “This is the best period of my career. It’s the most fun I’ve had,” he says from behind a desk covered in neatly arranged paperwork he still has to attend to. “I’m sad to leave at the end of the…