About Chantecler Artisan
Originally from the Laurentians in Québec, Daniel is a third generation craftsman. Committed to ecologically respectful use of woodproducts, he collects reused and recycled materials for his work. He is very resourceful, as influenced by his mother, a classic “starving artist”, who wrote poetry, painted, and drew on any available surface. Daniel has worked as a framing and finishing carpenter on exceptional new homes and renovations. As a carpenter with an artist’s soul, he works out of his studio in Victoria BC, producing unique organic furniture for interior and exterior spaces. Daniel is a member of the Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild.
Trees, like humans, never die.
They metamorphose and share our journey.
As an artisan and furniture maker, I use minimally processed woods in my work, which evoke a greater connection to the source: the tree. In this organic style, natural lines, shapes and colours which exist in the wood are enhanced with unique design and natural oil finish.
The reclaimed timbers from construction demolition, and rescued trees from natural environmental events, are provided by local sawmills and arborists, and milled locally. As a member of the Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild, I also participate in the Wood Recovery Program and volunteer to help mill rescued local trees. These treasures are then dried in my solar wood kiln, to ensure the right moisture content needed to build furniture.
I strive to unearth what is abandoned and forgotten. Growing up, I was intrigued and fascinated with the past. My grandparents shared with me, many stories of their past and of our home town of Val-David, Quebec. I spent my childhood creating adventures and exploring forests, creeks and trails all around my little town. Even then, I was a collector, seeking old metals, electronics, and woods for my three level tree house. My life long interest in old vehicles, salvaged materials and scrap metal is the source of nostalgia in my work.
Although I often draw ideas in my sketchbook, when I create a new piece of organic furniture, I rarely start with a specific design. The work unfolds with what it is supposed to be. I begin by choosing from among my collection of assorted woods: some are recycled, some locally rescued trees, some burls and others are driftwood collected from local beaches. I select a piece of wood and study it until an idea comes to mind. Then, I shape it to what I think it should be. When I listen and let my instinct guide me, the process becomes easier. Once I have a clear idea of the best design for the piece, I turn up the volume of my favorite jazz station, and unleashed energy flows freely. As I work on a piece, I get really excited, much like a kid at the water slides. Then, I add other woods or metals to enrich and complete the objet d’ art. The piece is then finished with natural oils. This work is a passion for me; it’s fire in my belly.