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The Jackson-Triggs sign was destined for the recent Juno Awards in Ottawa. Their advertising agency supplied art. I  coated that sign with a food safe and fire-retardant satin clear for it's intended use as a trade show sign. This is seldom asked of me but I had the clear on hand for dictated NYF use and I wanted the wood to be more vibrant than it was natural. The "C'est Cheese Please" sign has nothing to do with Jackson-Triggs. I just found it entertaining that on the same weekend I was working on both a wine project and a cheese project.



Some years ago I met the owner of the Indian motorcycle trademark and had permission to make signs bearing that trademark script. Over the years I made and sold, bartered, or kept 18 of them in different versions. The whitewash boards in this first sign were from horse or cattle pens in a barn and are Douglas Fir. Lots of effort and a messy job to get rid of the peeling and powdery whitewash finish until it was suitable for the lettering stage. Banded in oxidized tin that is also used in the background circle to the Indian's head. The orange and grey sign is reclaimed Pine flooring with original paint retained. I faux rusted my Indian script.



The circular blank is 3" thick pine if I recall, and after cutting it to profile I banded it with metal. The "RODNEY'S" lettering was cut out of an original paint floor board, while the "OYSTER SALOON" bar is an original paint rotated piece of baseboard.  Likewise original paint floor boarding for "BY BAY". I bought the 2" diameter rope from a friend in Kingston. He salvaged it from a great lakes cargo ship 20 or 30 years ago.  The rotted hanger bar was originally a handle on my Brantford Mother's lawn roller. I stole it from her and had my son make a new replacement. I induced rusting and faux painted everything else to achieve customer's demand ... "I want it to look like it has been on the coast for 50 years".


The Timeless Materials Business is in a converted barn on an old farm plot. The "Timeless Cafe & Bakery" is in the original chicken coop on the property which is beautifully restored. I guess the name pays homage to the landlord's business and the chicken graphics likewise to the original use of the building. Jim wanted the sign to look period to the property. The customer supplied advertising agency generated design and art. All my materials were reclaimed and I paid special attention trying to source salvaged wood with an appropriate original paint finish. You will gather that from the photographs in the sunburst bars.
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Models & Renderings
Scale models, renderings and technical drawings are handcrafted. It all begins with a sketch.
Large scale sculptural projects are achieved using reclaimed as well as newly sourced wood.
This reproduction of the loom shuttle upon which the Toyota family's transition from loom manufacturer to the automobile industry was based, stands 10' tall in the Visitor Centre of Waterloo Region's Canadian headquarters of TMMC.
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Office spaces

Desk top profile is a 10X facsimile of a 1912 or 1913 "Flying Merkle" motorcycle gas tank. I stencilled the story of how it all came about on the

bottom of the desk for the future amusement of someone.


The desk is in my studio, and as a side note now that I am looking at my attachment, I also made the tongue and groove boards that are on

the wall and meant to pay homage to the days in the teens when America raced motorcycles on board tracks. Boards came out of a salvage 

yard in Mount Forest and I got them as floor joists, de-nailed them and machined them up to size and profile.

Feature Walls

Reclaimed materials of all kinds are repurposed by our team into stunning feature walls to highlight the heritage of your space.

Salvaged wood, metal, ceramic can all see new life gaining you valuable LEED accreditation points and blending with modern materials and finishes to create a contemporary mix of old and new.

UG Macdonald Institute
WLU Faculty of Social Work


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