Welcome to Walden Woodworks, owned and operated by Mike Fournier and Katherine Tam. Hand-fit traditional joinery, time proven construction techniques and real world design reveals the unmatched presence of wood and is the heart of our workshop.
Micheal B. Fournier is an Edmonton based woodworker who specializes in cabinetry, millwork and contemporary custom furniture. A background in carpentry, cabinet making and architectural millwork eventually led to a 5 year apprenticeship at the Cotswold Studio in Edmonton. It was here fundamental joinery, veneering, and design techniques were taught and would later become standard construction practices at Walden Woodworks.
Clean lines and a focus on functionality are always considered when designing new pieces with clients. Wood species and grain choice are carefully considered in order to spotlight the woods beauty and harmony in the home. Grabbing the next board off the pile and chopping it up to the required size is not practiced here.
Over the years specialized techniques have also been added expanding design options. Bent lamination, shop cut veneer and veneer matching/pressing, string inlay, ammonia fuming/bleaching, surface texturing and Shou Sugi Ban wood scorching are interesting options available at Walden Woodworks.
An initiative has also been made to utilize shop waste, demolition refuse and local tree harvesting by basing design around the leftovers and off cuts that normally would be discarded. With a simple redesign short board ends become useful items such as cutting/charcuterie boards, stacks of matched veneer cutoffs become lampshades and exceptional local maple burl become salt & pepper shakers,
The Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban wood scorching/preserving is now offered at Walden Woodworks. Decking, railings, trim work, fascia boards, siding and fence boards treated with this technique have a unique color, texture and beauty without the use of paint or chemical stains.