...to the mind of Iain Bruce. While most material here is current, some has been stored away for decades. Yes, prints of old sketches are still available and Iain can be commissioned for new projects including wood carving, concrete features, and all sorts of architectural oddities in between.


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Renovations


Renovations mostly. I enjoy breathing life into the old rather than building new. The old has interesting features "stories" that should be enhanced, not covered up. Visit Union 22 in Cobble Hill; the building is more beautiful than the antique furniture inside.

Wood Carving


I only discovered the joy of wood carving recently, but I am very grateful for finding this medium. Although it will be another year before a gallery of works are ready for public viewing, I believe I have found my true passion.

Adventure


Not directly related to my business, but the adventures on this page inspire me to create. I love to explore dilapidated old buildings. Rust, rot, and peeling paint... perfection.

Concrete


Often frustrating to work with, concrete yields bold architectural pieces. The stains, scratches, and patina which develop over time makes concrete all the more desirable in a counter top or fireplace mantle.

Prints


Twenty years ago, I devoted my time to computer game design. Before that it was good old pen and paper. These prints are old, but I keep them available to the public because people enjoy them.

Half of all net proceeds from these prints will be donated to a local charity providing school supplies to kids who need them.

 

Disclaimer

I should say right from the start, that material possessions will not bring happiness! But what they can do, sometimes, is lead you back to the path you wish to walk. A well crafted architectural feature that contains a story will help you stop so you can take a much needed, deep relaxing breath. And give you the time so you can say to yourself, "wow, this space is really awesome".

Several ingredients are required to craft a physical object that can invoke personal pride, or positive self reflection.

  1. Knowledge of your family history is most helpful to discover symbols, patterns, and designs from your heritage to incorporate into a piece. But family history also reminds us to be proud, respectful of ourselves and others. That said, some of my greatest pieces had foggy beginnings.
  2. Old world natural materials such as wood, glass, steel and stone must be used whenever possible. We have seen many beautiful pieces created from materials like plastic or MDF, but they have a poisoned corporate history and are not built to survive generations... A carved Douglas Fir post from an old deck that your Great Aunt once had built can be salvaged and passed to your great grandchildren for another project.
  3. The methods and tools used to create the piece are just as important. Yes, I will fire up a chainsaw, table saw, and mitre saw when a project requires them. But, most of my time is spent using and sharpening hand tools like gouges, block planes and saws. What I avoid when crafting is machinery. Loud, dusty, computer driven equipment prevents the use of all my senses and I must maintain those connections.

I apologize if I come across as short or rough. There are many skilled and passionate craftsman using many different methods to create beautiful pieces. My life experience and personal beliefs have led me to this point, but they are just that, my personal beliefs.

Iain Bruce