Douglas Mackay

Based in Montréal, Douglas Mackay’s woodworking practice centres around local trees, exacting craftsmanship and a sensitivity to wood as a material. He uses grain graphics – a wood’s colour, pattern and texture – to reveal the story of a tree’s inner life.

Since 2015 Douglas has run his own fine woodworking business specializing in commission based furniture, as well as the restoration of historic architectural details. He has exhibited furniture in Montréal as well as the United States, and completed projects in some of Canada’s oldest buildings, including National Historic Sites, public museums and private residences. In 2014, Douglas completed the Fine Woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods in California, after studying Heritage Conservation at Willowbank and History at Concordia University. Douglas is recognized as a professional artist by the Conseil des Métiers d’Art du Québec, and beginning in September 2018, will be teaching woodworking classes for the public at the École d’Ébénisterie d’Art de Montréal.

Artist statement

My woodworking practice uses traditional tools and techniques to consider the environmentaland therapeutic effects of local materials. Scientific research tells us that looking at a piece of wood can lower heart rate, blood pressure and the body’s response to stress. By revealing thediversity of colour, pattern and texture among local wood species, I question these findings and trace the story of a tree’s inner life.

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