Jeremy Hurn

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Biography…

I was raised and educated in England where an interest in medieval art and architecture developed and led to a career in architectural technology. My curiosity for woodwork changed to a necessity when an empty apartment required furnishing. Design skills were challenged to achieve simple, clean lines using a few basic tools and the floor as a workbench.

After moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1975 I familiarized myself with wood as a material for construction as well as for furniture. I was fortunate to work with and learn from some of Vancouver's noteworthy Architects.

In 1990 I bought my first copy of Fine Woodworking Magazine. This was something of a revelation — I discovered the growing interest in fine woodworking in North America, both traditional and contemporary, and the names associated with it such as Tage Frid, James Krenov, and Christian Becksvoort. Since then I devoted more and more time to developing my skills and knowledge of woodworking. Since 2004 I have been a full time woodworker, creating and selling my work in the Vancouver BC area.

Another interest is travelling; different places and cultures have been a positive influence on my work. Seeing the small, simple wood shops in the developing world is a constant reminder that sophisticated machinery is not a substitute for craftsmanship.

Away from my workbench and drawing board I like to escape into the mountains for hiking and skiing or simply take my dog through the forest which surrounds my home.

I am a member of the Pacific Woodworkers' Guild (www.pwwg.ca). The Guild membership consists of hobbyists, professionals and everyone in between. It's a great resource and social venue.

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