Torrie designs and builds custom heirloom furniture and cabinets.
Torrie’s interest in woodworking and creativity were fostered at a young age, as he worked in a small workshop at his family home in rural Manitoba. When he was 10, Torrie began experimenting with two woodworking techniques, intarsia and fretwork, making intricate pieces of art which became gifts for family and friends.
In his 30’s, his passion for the craft was rekindled and he left his career as an engineer to pursue furniture making full-time.
Torrie attended the Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking where he was introduced to the teachings of the late James Krenov, an internationally renowned furniture maker. Krenov’s calm, sensitive approach to the craft resonated with Torrie and continues to hold a strong influence on Torrie’s work.
Torrie mainly builds cabinets and chairs with the primary objective of highlighting the wood. This is achieved through careful and sensible selection of the material and an understanding of the wood’s grain and tone which Torrie manipulates to accentuate his designs. These details may not stand out on their own, but when taken together they create a harmonious piece full of character and motion.
I build handmade furniture that has been thoughtfully made and carefully constructed. While I do not neglect my machines, the heart of my work lies in the sensitive use of hand tools. It is work that can be traced back to the maker and the hands that made it.
In sharing my work with others, I hope to drive a counterculture and a move away from “disposable” furniture. In building quality heirloom furniture, my hope is that people will slow down and take a moment to really see, feel and appreciate the objects they surround themselves with.