Named after the famed Trites-Wood Department Store once located next door,
the Fernie Museum’s shop features a curated collection of jewelry, clothing and accessories, home décor, books, and stationary which represents Fernie’s geography, culture and heritage.
APRIL 1 TO MAY 31, 2018
James’ woodworking harnesses the intrinsic, natural beauty of hardwood into distinctive, functional items for your home. Hailing from the Boreal forests of Elliot Lake Ontario, James set out to make the Rocky Mountains of Fernie, BC his family’s home since playing hockey here in 2001. James honours the tradition of his grandfather Jeannot Borbey, a French-Italian immigrant to Canada and woodworker who skillfully and passionately carved his life and community out of wood. Presently James considers his peers in the international woodworking community as both his teachers and support network.
ABOUT JAMES’ WORK
Each one-of-a-kind piece starts with a hand-curated selection of hardwood. My goal is to prolong the life of the fallen tree, to tell its story by showcasing its unique grain and elegant figures in my craftsmanship. Simple lines are then elevated and complimented with dovetail joinery, for example, that brings strength and beauty to the pieces, thus bringing refinement into people’s homes that become long-lasting heirloom pieces. I also strive to pay homage to the age-old craft of woodworking by using as many hand tools as I can on a project, which further contributes to the uniqueness of each piece and the rich sensory experience that hand-crafting entails.