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"Making It" a 30 year Celebration of Camosun College's Fine Furniture Program

Way back in 1987, I was lucky enough to be hired by Camosun College to start and run a Fine Furniture Program.  I remember thinking on my first day that I was completely faking it and would likely be caught and sent home by lunch time, but the first day actually went rather well and I wound up staying on for 30 more years. 

In the year 2000, I accepted a 1/2 time job in administration, which allowed a second instructor, Ken Guenter, to join me and together we taught the program for the next 17 years.   Along the way we met some great (and very talented) folks so as a retirement project together, we decided to have a celebration exhibition featuring some of our many talented grads.


The exhibition is now up and running and will continue through September 22nd.  The Legacy Gallery is located at the corner of Yates & Broad Streets in Downtown Victoria and is open 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Saturday with a late opening to 8pm on Thursdays.

Karen has a chair in the exhibition made of Sapele (a species of African Mahogany) with figured Western Maple on the back splat and a leather upholstered seat

I (Cam) took a little less conventional approach and designed a garden chair that could easily be moved around the lawn.  It's name is "I Like my Morning Coffee in the Sun  and my Afternoon Tea in the Shade".  It was huge fun integrating the bicycle parts into the whole structure in a finished that would be both comfortable to sit in, but would also function like a wheelbarrow.

So, yes, I (Cam) got to have the image of my chair on the poster but only because it was the only piece finished and photographed when the deadline for the poster design arrived...