Hand-crafted overlooking Desolation Sound on Cortes Island in British Columbia, Ron salvages his wood from forest fall-downs and dead branches. Each created piece is totally unique following the natural shape of the wood – some for left-handed folk and some for right.
Born in Montreal, Ron has had varied careers as entrepreneur, business consultant and writer and publisher of children’s books. He first came to Cortes in 1984 and moved there full time in 1998. He has been a hobby wood turner on and off since he was 12.
Arbutus is unique among West coast North American hardwood species for its many superior qualities. It is worth its weight in gold as a medium for fine wood sculpture, turnings and natural finishes. Its rich tones and excellent finishing characteristics rival those of any tropical hardwood. There is no finer hardwood to be had anywhere in Canada or the United States.
Chosen for the rarity of the wood grain and elegance of the design, form meets function in the culinary tools Ron shapes. The pieces are polished to an exquisitely smooth finish to honour the beauty of the wood. This functional art demonstrates the spirit of Arbutus, capturing the essence of its native British Columbia in pieces designed to bring this beauty into the home.