Starting with a variety of pieces of domestic and exotic woods, Allan Stafford of Williams Lake, B.C. uses a wood lathe to reveal the vast array of grains and patterns hidden within.
Allan’s range of items is constantly expanding – from pens of all kinds to kitchen utensils and personal items. He has recently branched out into utilizing marbled acrylic turnings to create durable and waterproof handles for some of his kitchen items prone to frequent washing.
An architectural draftsman by trade, Allan has turned his hobby of woodworking into a successful side business, combining practicality and artistic creativity. As you might notice when visiting him at his booth, and from the name of his business, Allan uses a wheelchair to aid with his mobility, and started using a wood lathe during high school shop class as it was a way to participate in woodworking which did not require much standing and walking.
You will find Allan at every Friday and Tuesday Williams Lake Farmers’ Market, May till mid-October. He is always pleased to undertake custom orders.