"There's something inspirational about wood and working it for me. In it I find my connectedness to nature and what's real and important, and just as I see the potential to morph the raw material, I see my own potential." Charles Davies, Cabinetmaker
Charles Davies developed a passion for cabinetmaking while working towards a BA in Fine Art and History at the University of Guelph. After graduating from University, Davies went on to study cabinetmaking at Humber College, and later went on to work for years at a top custom house in Toronto where he gained terrific practical experience. Approximately 10 years ago, Charles established his own cabinet shop, Charles Davies Custom Fine Furniture and Built-Ins, just West of the community of Lora Bay and the village of Thornbury, in the Southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario.
Formal training in cabinetmaking and extensive experience in the art of fine furniture making, affords Charles the ability to work in all styles and quality mediums from the most formal and demanding of projects, to working in reclaimed and live- edge mediums in a thoroughly contemporary and original vein. As per Davies: "People are sometimes surprised when they see my portfolio that the work is so varied, and by the scale of some of the very large projects I've built. I explain that I work directly with individuals, as well as with architects and interior design professionals, each with their own vision that I ultimately help articulate. But regardless of where the inspiration comes from, attention to detail is always paramount."
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This creative One Of A Kind original in design, contemporary live-edge table in solid domestic walnut is perhaps more of an object of art than a piece of furniture. Charles Davies, a custom furniture and cabinetmaker, typically works with individuals, architects and designers, but here without a client in mind Charles' inspiration was purely the wood itself.
Featured in Georgian Bay Living Escarpment Magazine winter 2013. Professional photo by Clay Dolan.