Canadian Woodworking

Yorgo Liapis’s favourites

Author: Rob Brown
Yorgo Liapis

I’d like to bring more studio furniture into my weekly blog. There are so many fantastic pieces of one-of-a-kind furniture that have been carefully designed and crafted, it would be a shame not to celebrate these Canadian-made pieces, as well as those from all over the world.

I’m thinking some sort of quasi-pyramid scheme. And by “scheme,” I plan to ask each maker the same three questions: 1. What is the piece you’ve made that you’re most proud of; 2. What piece of Canadian-made furniture someone else has made do you like the most; and 3. What internationally made piece of furniture do you like the most?

Once I get their answers, I’ll approach the two people on their list to ask them the same questions, and so on. That’s the pyramid scheme side of things. If by some chance it doesn’t work out, and someone doesn’t get back to me, I’ll pick a new Canadian maker to answer the three questions. I’ll keep at it one way or another.

My hope is that this will open our eyes to just how much studio furniture is out there, and maybe be inspired by what we see and learn from them for an upcoming project we may be planning. I’m looking forward to being introduced to some new artists and the great work they do.

Let’s kick it off.

I mentioned my recent chat with Yorgo Liapis, a Toronto woodworker and artist, in last week’s blog post. I thought Yorgo had some interesting insights into the woodworking world, both at home and abroad, so that’s where I’ll kick things off. Yorgo was more than happy to share his thoughts.

Favourite piece you’ve made?

Liapis: The piece of furniture I’m most proud of is my “Jaguar Credenza.” While designing this piece and working out the difficulties of making a jaguar skin out of wood veneer, I came to the realization in that moment that I was an artist and would be for the rest of my life. This piece led to a series of sculptures.

Yorgi Liapis
Jaguar Credenza – Yorgo Liapis is most proud of this piece. Getting the jaguar ebony and European walnut marquetry to look natural isn’t an easy task.
Yorgi Liapis
Jaguar Credenza – Tambour doors slide away to reveal an airy interior.
Yorgi Liapis
Jaguar Credenza – Yorgo’s marquetry is so good that he’s had to convince many people that the jaguar pattern isn’t painted on the sliding doors.
Yorgi Liapis
Jaguar Credenza – Bringing the jaguar pattern inside the drawer, Liapis hasn’t forgetten about any detail.

Favourite Canadian-made piece?

Adrian Ferrazzutti, “Butterfly Vanity”

Adrian Ferrazzutti
Butterfly Vanity – Liapis likes Adrian Ferrazzutti’s “Butterfly Vanity,” and it’s easy to understand why. A very clean overall look, inlaid materials and carefully cut veneers bring this piece together perfectly.

Liapis: I love this piece because it’s great how Adrian was exploring animal forms in furniture, and he has taken using veneer to the next level. And the details in the drawers are beautiful. I spent some time with him at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, and that was a great experience.

Favourite internationally made piece?

Yuri Kobayashi, Japan, “Being”

Yuri Kobayashi
Being – Yuri Kobayashi’s “Being” is part functional furniture (with operating drawers) and part sculpture.

Liapis: One of my favourite international pieces made by Yuri Kobayashi is her piece titled “Being.” This is one I often fantasize about owning one day. I was fortunate to spend time with Yuri at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship back in 2016. Nobody works harder than Yuri, and in combination with her work ethic, hand skills and deep spirit, she truly is greatness.

Bonus round

Reed Hansuld, “Rocker No. 2”

Yorgo’s answer to my first question was a rocker by Reed Hansuld, titled “Rocker No. 2.” When Reed made the chair, he was living in Canada, but he’s since moved to Brooklyn, NY, so I asked Yorgo to name another one of his favourite Canadian-made pieces. However, rather than brush Reed’s gorgeous rocker aside, I’m including it here.

Reed Hansuld
Rocker No. 2 – This honourable mention, Reed Hansuld’s “Rocker No. 2,” has grace and style.

Liapis: The Canadian-made piece I really love is Reed Hansuld’s “Rocker No. 2.” Reed is a dear friend to me, and having shared studio space with him, I got to witness his work ethic and fearless approach to starting a new piece.

If any of you have a Canadian maker you’d like me to approach with these three questions, let me know. I’m always all-ears when it comes to learning more about Canadian woodworkers.

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Last modified: May 15, 2022

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Rob is a studio furniture maker and the editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.

4 Comments

  1. This is a GREAT idea Rob!..
    I am really looking forward to seeing the diversity, creativity and craftmanship of these talented individuals.
    It is really important to promote from within our own craft/trade to find others of the same passions, to see what they do and use it to spark our own creativity.

  2. I really like this idea Rob. It’s nice getting exposed to some awesome Canadian woodworkers, learning some new names and being inspired.

  3. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for commenting. I’m very glad to see there are others that feel the same way about promoting craftspeople as I do. I think this will be a fun way to see a lot of great work by skilled makers across Canada and around the world!

    Stay tuned!

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