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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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Hickory Table

This table is part of a suite for a health centre. Hickory was chosen for its extreme hardness and beautiful colour. The detailing recalls asian roots of its owner with incurved legs but with [...]

2018-08-02T19:39:49+00:00

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, [...]

2018-08-02T18:42:17+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 [...]

2018-08-02T19:48:11+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 [...]

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

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Fireplace Wall

This fireplace wall reconstruction, in full dimension clear pine, was designed using drawings by Julian Smith and consultation. The door panels have unique bolection mouldings. The gallery is on full round beaded posts. It is [...]

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