In the early 80s, Don Stinson made a living turning and making furniture, expressing himself creatively by hand crafting wooden bowls and burls in a hundred year old horse stable. Since then, the bowls and burls have taken centre stage, and the business has grown in size and gained international recognition. What was once a one-man show has evolved into a two-generation family business that shines internationally while still keeping true to the heart and roots of the business.
Their success lies in striving for continual balance, a balance mirrored in the different aesthetics and skill sets brought by Don and his sons, Jesse and Spike Stinson. Both could be found in the shop, working by their dad’s side as far back as they can remember. Jesse joined him as a partner in 2007, and Spike several years later. They seem to have found an ideal symmetry of business vs. creation, of showcasing an unparalleled artistic eye, yet highlighting the natural beauty of the wood.
Even with the growing popularity and demand for their product, and the high profile showcasing in many homes and businesses, Don, Jesse and Spike still feel the most important aspect of their art is capturing the natural world they live and work in; the world that they truly love. They strive with every piece they create to bring a part of this world to the people who receive their work, no matter if they live in bustling cities half way around the globe, or in the little house next door.