Madelaine's cabinet and tarot boxes, shown below, are for sale. Please contact Madelaine for pricing and additional information.
Born and raised in Kingston Ontario, my interest in woodworking began at high school woodshop classes. After graduating high school, I attended University of Guelph where I went on exchange to Krakow, Poland and graduated with a BAH in Global Development. After living in Toronto and soaking up the art scene, I travelled through Europe for some time before returning home to Kingston. In Kingston, I bounced between restaurant jobs and office jobs, often unsatisfied creatively. I found a comfortable job that I enjoyed, and lived a happy life with my best friend and their family in a big old house by the water. Still searching for a creative outlet, I tried painting, knitting, sewing and just about any other accessible outlet I could think of. Dreaming of high school woodshop days, but feeling overwhelmed by a full-time school program, I tried my hand at upholstery while taking weekend courses over about a year. Eventually, I was ready to commit to a lifestyle change and applied to the Selkirk College Fine Woodworking program where I have finally met the creative challenge I’ve been looking for. I hope to get my Red Seal for cabinetmaking in the coming years. I will spend the summer in Nelson working part-time installing kitchens and millwork for a local company while developing my own business, ‘Empress Woodworks.’ I have found a way to continue to work with wood, creating small boxes with intricate marquetry, with only the few tools I have access to. As time goes on, I hope to build my own woodshop for larger-scale work. While I’m open to just about any form of cabinetry/joinery, I have taken a liking to veneer work and hope to continue working with that medium to create unique pieces.