On the Curve
May 4-15, 2015
Since early childhood, Jacques Breau has been surrounded by woodworking and craft. He acquired the medium from his father, a woodworker, and his attention to detail from his mother, a seamstress. He combines both these influences in the way he approaches his craft.
After completing an undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Jacques embarked on his journey as a craftsman. He studied at the Silva Bay Shipyard School and at Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetry in British Columbia.
Since leaving IPSFC, Jacques has built furniture in numerous shops across Canada. Relocating has made him very flexible with his approach to work, space and tools. Currently set up in Ottawa, Ontario, Jacques is building furniture for customers in North America and Europe. In addition to building, Jacques has contributed articles, about his craft, in both Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement (Oct/Nov 2012), and Fine Woodworking (#242) magazines.
Jacques has been honing his teaching skills during stints at IPSFC as well as numerous presentations
Together with textile artist Carol Rajala Johnson, Craig co-founded Studio Tupla, a fulltime partnership in handweaving and furniture making. Craig blogs regularly about what’s happening in his studio and can be found on his website.
August 3-14, 2015
Laël grew up in a small town in coastal southern Alaska where his father worked as shipwright repairing wooden boats. His first exposure to woodworking was watching his father resaw massive Douglas fir timbers into ships’ planking and steam bending them into place. To this day the sweet nutty smell of freshly sawn Douglas fir is one of his favorite things and he often makes use of the underappreciated wood in his furniture.
Laël is a graduate of Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking. He has been building fine furniture and other wooden things from his shop in Seward, Alaska since 2007. His work has been featured in museum shows and galleries throughout the northwest and Canada. His unique process for creating “prismatic” shop-sawn veneer was featured on the back cover Fine Woodworking Magazine, issue 234.
Fine Woodworking Magazine
feature on Laël Gordon
Laël takes a deliberate approach to building fine furniture. He embraces the clean lines, simple forms, and functional intent of modern design. Laël builds pieces in a patient and mindful manner. He uses carefully selected materials, cuts joinery by hand, and pays special attention to small details.