It all began when I was 12. My grandfather, Oscar Demers, started to let me hang around in his cabinetmaking shop in Quebec's Eastern townships. He taught me lathe turning, basic cabinetry, and inspired my lifelong love of wood, fine furniture and antiques.
After completing my cabinetmaking apprenticeship in Ontario, I began my career building fine furniture and restoring antiques. I moved to Victoria in 1979.
Over the years I have taught furniture repair at night school at Camosun College's night school program, served on an advisory board for The Emily Carr House. I have given talks to various groups at The Art Gallery of Victoria and to interior design companies.
I have restored antiques for antique dealers and private collectors. Through the years this has included pieces of major historic importance and those of humble family sentiment. I believe that all pieces are important, and deserve the best of care.