Born and raised in Victoria, Claudia is a self taught woodworker who began woodwork as a hobby while still in university.
After several years of teaching science and then working as a wildlife biologist she, with her husband Fred, formed a small woodworking business called The Wooden Forge.
Specializing in giftware items crafted in teak and utilizing unique, handmade tiles, they participated in craft shows throughout western Canada. In the mid ’80s they incorporated a line of pottery.
The Wooden Forge emphasizes function with simplicity of design resulting in items that are a pleasure to use. Today, Claudia has returned to her first love, wood.
Although many of the traditional wooden giftware items remain popular, she has added a new direction and passion, woodturning.
Utilizing mostly local hardwoods and keeping with the simplicity of design that The Wooden Forge has always been known for, her bowls are intended for everyday use.
The natural beauty of the wood is accentuated by a hand rubbed food safe finish. Claudia currently works in her workshop at her home in Maple Ridge, BC