Get to know the people we love to work with…
Jonas Delogne, Woodworker Craftsman, Vancouver Canada
Jonas is a craftsman first and foremost, committed to building outstanding pieces of furniture that exemplify the traditions of the trade and the lasting quality it represents. Every piece balances art with function, old methods with new and beautiful raw materials with respect for sustainability.
He began his journey in woodworking as a means to fund high school dreams of spending a year skiing in the Swiss Alps, but it soon became a passion in and of itself and he immersed himself extensively into the trade.
Following his European roots and his skiing dreams, he moved to Switzerland full time where he worked for numerous craftsmen from all over Europe. He passed the better part of a decade learning the historical ins and outs of a trade deeply ingrained in old world culture, acquiring skills in everything from timber framing to fine carpentry.
Jonas eventually opened his own successful woodworking shop. During this period he converted several 17th century barns into modern residences using original materials and traditional methods. The experience added to his growing knowledge and skills but his passion soon turned towards the artistic and exquisite furniture he saw all around him.
This interest led him back to Canada to refine his furniture-making skills in a one-year intensive program called ‘Studio Woodworking.’ Studying under Tim Diebert, an accomplished luthiers and furniture maker, he was able to further refine his skill-set as both a maker and designer of fine furnishings.
Now firmly committed to his newly founded woodworking shop, ‘Franklin Street Furniture Studio’ in East Vancouver, Jonas is excited to be producing unique pieces of furniture for his clients. His diverse experience and his unwavering commitment to building only the finest pieces using select and sustainable materials set him apart from the typical cabinetmaker.
What we say: Jonas is the only woodworker we have found that cares about the finished product as much as we do. Jonas is dedicated to beautiful craftsmanship and is a great guy to work with.
Laura Fry, Master Weaver, Prince George Canada
Laura Fry chose weaving as a career in 1975 and took weaving classes at every opportunity, including study at Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta and Varpapuu Summer Weaving School in Finland. She started her business in 1977 and since 1980 has worked full-time as a professional handweaver.
Laura’s business focus has evolved with the changing economy and market trends from a concentration on table textiles to weaving yardage on contract for designers. In addition, Laura teaches throughout Canada and the United States, writes for a variety of textile publications, and wins awards for the beautiful fabrics that have always been her passion. After years of work and study, Laura earned certification in 1997 as one of Canada’s Master Weavers, the 27th weaver to achieve the honour.
Laura’s meticulous approach to weaving quality fabrics is characterized by her attention to wet finishing, a procedure often neglected and little understood by most handweavers. There’s Magic in the Water; wet finishing handwovens, Laura Fry shares her expertise derived from years of research and experimentation. Her guidelines make professional-quality finishing achievable by every handweaver, hobbyist and professional alike. By examining her actual fabrics, both before and after wet finishing, you will understand why Laura says, “It isn’t finished until it’s wet finished.”
What we say: Laura is a true legend. She must be so fast that Im sure you cannot see that shuttle flying through her loom when she is weaving our towels. Laura approaches textiles as a true intellectual, her skills are unsurpassed, we are stoked that she passes her knowledge and skills on in this important art form.