The lush coastal jungles and vast mountain ranges of British Columbia are where Lafleur finds home. There are natural materials in this landscape, and adventure has led to their discovery. Early on as a Stoneworker, LaFleur realized the significant impact that simple materials and simple techniques have had on our cultures. This ancient craft in stone has given us shelter. Later as a Cabinetmaker and resident craftsman at the Inside Passage school, LaFleur looked to refine his craft and further explore our culture’s tie in with natural materials. With wood, we have made our living spaces warm. Today the Discovery Island collection reflects LaFleur’s holistic approach and his fascination with form and proportion.
My aim with the Discovery island collection is to build on experiences at the Inside passage school, by exploring methods that highlight the living qualities in wood. Working with naturally occurring shapes in wood has left me feeling a deeper understanding for the material. A Story is shared in the growth rings of a tree. A story that can capture the imagination of both the maker and the audience. Grain, colour and texture all contribute to the feeling of a Discovery island cabinet. A feeling, I hope will bring people closer to craft and our relationship with wood.