Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Michael-Harvey- Fine Woodworking

Michael Harvey is a consulting biologist and scuba diver in Victoria, B.C. and a member of the Vancouver Island Woodworkers Guild. His interest in woodworking began in earnest in the late 1970's when he had contracts for school cabinetry and furniture. Since then he has focused on fine furniture for the home, mainly functional pieces but with embellishments such as hand-cut dovetails, carvings and inlays. He often uses motifs from nature such as kelp, flowers or sea animals. He makes use of local woods such as arbutus, holly, yellow cedar and Garry oak, as well as better known cabinet woods.
Mick has a small but well equipped shop near Brentwood Bay. Most work to date has been through private orders. His work includes chairs, tables, benches, fireplace mantles, a church alter and baptismal font, entertainment units, bookcases, jewelry and silverware chests, quilt racks, a four-poster bed and matching chest, and other items. He produces turned items such as table and floor lamps, candlesticks, flower vases, salt and pepper shakers and shelving and other furniture for a private school in Victoria.