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Meet The Man Behind Northridge Woodworking

Craig De Freitas- Founder of Northridge Woodworking

“I started out in construction in Canada and attended George Brown College for 3 years in a trades program. Managing to work as a finish carpenter on the side. Also, I worked in England as a furniture maker for some time. I have always loved the natural side of life and learning about trees. Since I was young I really enjoyed building things. So my two passions came together and sparked my interest in woodworking.
Sometimes it can be the smallest things that I am proud of in a piece. If I had to choose a favorite, I would say it would be the second job for Richard Branson on Necker Island. It was two massive mahogany cabinets and between the commission itself and the business experience I would put it on the top. The most fulfilling part of the job is a happy client. It really is a privilege when you think about it. Someone taking their hard earned money and paying you to craft something one of a kind for them.
There are so many aspects of each job, from design to material to joinery and finishing. There are definitely days when it all goes down hill, but with more experience you learn to keep a positive mind set. My aim is to seek perfection in every aspect of the job, no matter how long it may take. I like to think that clients know the amount of effort I put into a piece, and I think it means a lot to them. I try to put my heart into every piece and simply make beautiful things that will last a lifetime.”

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