Fine Wood Working
Lived in the Kispiox Valley in North-West BC since 1994, Todd Stockner made his living primarily from his workshop and as an angling guide. He built a 1500sqft. wood shop shortly after moving to Kispiox Valley and involved with furniture and other woodworking projects. His experience in the field of furniture making and design is a combination of high school, work experience, self teaching and excellent time spent in the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, California. His instructors: James Krenov, Michael Burns, David Welter, and Jim Budlong, all had so much to offer.
I have many sources of inspiration when it comes to designing and creating pieces of furniture. They range from The College of the Redwoods, traditional Japanese crafts, some aspects of Modernism, Art Deco, the Arts and Crafts movement, and the natural world around me.
Above all, though, it is the wood itself that moves me to create. There are few materials that can come close to the incredible range of colours, textures, and even scents that the woods of the world possess. It is to allow this material a voice, one which will live on for generations, which ultimately is my goal when creating a piece. When the function of the piece is in harmony with that goal, then I have achieved something good. I believe my designs have a fairly contemporary, clean line; but I have never set out to turn the design world on its ear.
All of my work is constructed in, and consequently bears the hallmarks of, a European tradition of cabinet-making. The methods of construction - the dovetails, the mortice and tenon, dowelling, frame and panel, coopering, and veneering- are consistent with this tradition not because I believe in quaint notions of the "olde tyme country craftsman", but because these methods are inherently suited to the nature of the material.