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I often seek the company of growing trees for spiritual nurture, balance of the soul and the emotional calm that has become increasingly necessary in our world.

Who I Am

My name is David Sentesy. Born and raised in Dundas Ontario, my Grandfather introduced me to wood, teaching me about care for the living tree. My father introduced me to the precision and planning of an engineer. These skills powerfully shape my life and my life’s work.

I attended Carleton University from 1967 to 1971 and graduated with an arts degree in History and English. Following this I moved to Toronto to continue my studies. Before I finished school there, however, I realized that what I loved was working with wood in the science workshops at Carleton – building a harpsichord.

I followed my passion. I began accepting woodwork commissions and worked largely with hand tools. Learning how to shape wood by hand has fostered an incredible respect for power tools, but much more respect for the tree. In 1972 I married and moved to Ottawa where I worked with an Italian cabinetmaker. Several years later, when due to demand he began to build with particle board veneer and plastic laminates, I left him and moved to a homestead in the Ottawa valley. I set up my workshop next to my home.

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Trees are a unique flora. They provide our planet with lungs and filters. They moderate climate, build soil, shelter life, and provide food. The way we work with them preserves their beauty and wholeness allowing us to feel their strength and patience.

Our Work

Our Work
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Mahogany Blanket Box

  A carved top panel includes the initials of owner. It has a carved Rosewood inlay. This box has traditional eleven panel mortise and tenon construction with aromatic cedar floor and heavy bronze hinges. [...]

2018-08-02T18:54:54+00:00

Butternut Audio Cabinet

  This has a frame and panel front door with a framed back without a panel giving it rigidity, good airflow, and easy wire access.  Its pine feet allow good damping and easy levelling.  [...]

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Deacon’s Bench

Designed for one of the best local maple syrup producers for hard use in a busy farm kitchen.  It has a large storage space for hats, mitts, and scarves.  Using a sliding interior tray, [...]

2018-08-02T19:21:48+00:00

Bath Server

This case work is designed as a bath server for linens. It is a rustic interpretation of Louis XV design elements carefully proportioned and carved in Butternut. Surfaces are worked with edge tools by hand [...]

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Document Boxes

These dovetailed cases and drawers were made of Burma teak salvaged from the deck of the “Empress of Ireland” at the bottom of the St. Lawrence River. They were made to hold the effects [...]

2018-08-02T17:30:55+00:00

Music Stand

This music stand is made of walnut and uses the familiar Shaker form with French dovetail leg joints. A hollow column with an split top ring allows the desk surface to adjust for height. [...]

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Cherry Chairs

This chair was designed with a family heirloom chair in mind. It uses round mortise, tenons & pre-shrunk spindles for tight joints. The seat is woven of natural leather. The crest rail is from [...]

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Carved panels

Description of carved panels The form of this panel is similar but the carving is my own design. It is based on celtic mandals and here worked on a fine piece of [...]

2018-08-02T17:29:20+00:00

Tripod Tea Table

  This is a classic Shaker design with a visually light design and robust construction. This one is walnut. The bird's eye top has ebonized maple leg set. Others I have made of cherry, [...]

2018-08-02T17:52:20+00:00

Campbell’s Fence

Decorative panelled entrance posts made for a Victorian house in the grand style. The large urns are copies of those found at the doctor’s house in Upper Canada Village. The swans elicit the river front [...]

2018-08-02T20:03:16+00:00

Hickory Chairs

We chose hickory here for its great strength and elasticity.  It can be worked in small sections and in small curves.  It is a frame chair, using rectangular mortise and tenons.  These make a [...]

2018-08-02T19:48:11+00:00

French Canadian Buffet

This piece is a careful reproduction of a French Canadian Buffet. It reflects classic Louis XIII style with carved diamond-point losenges on the front and sides. Panels are worked into the posts and framed [...]

2018-08-02T18:42:17+00:00

Cherry Writing Desk

This piece is made of three frame and panel cherry cases.    The top has brass inlays on the corners and high quality brass hardware is used for bails.  The finish is made from many [...]

2018-08-02T17:51:05+00:00

Knife Box

Having fallen, the ground of the box was badly crushed lifting the veneer and splitting the substrate. Once these were repaired the veneer was re-layed and new pieces were fitted where required. String inlay was prepared by gluing up maple and walnut pieces then cut to fit. The French polish was restored as per the original.

2018-08-02T17:54:39+00:00

Oak Lecturn

Carved gothic tracery in the Victorian style. This is a detailed reproduction built for a large Ottawa church. 

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