The classic lines of antique furniture initially drew Karen McBride to woodworking but now it is the desire to create contemporary furniture of her own design, which lures Karen to her studio every morning. She has shared this interest with many others by teaching courses at Lee Valley and Rosewood Studio and recently by publishing articles in the Lee Valley online newsletter.
In 2001 she dismantled, moved and began the restoration of a 200-year-old log house to serve as her woodworking studio. The hand-hewn logs, trim created with antique molding planes and carved risers for the white oak stairs that grace her shop are examples of her love of fine work. A ten-week internship in 2005 with Michael Fortune ignited Karen’s passion for design as she absorbed as much as she could from a master furniture maker.
She now works part time designing and making furniture in her log house studio in Dunrobin, Ontario.
Building her studio - Lee Valley articles
Karen’s Internship with Michael Fortune – Lee Valley Article