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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

Tea Table

Black walnut reproduction of a Canadian made candle stand circa 1820.  Padded “snake” foot legs are dovetailed into an urn shaped centre turning.  It is much polished with tung oil.  (approximately $1500) [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


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.  [...]


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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