Newsletter April 2015

New MapleArt Website

Dear friends, customers and supporters of MapleArt

It took a while, but it is finally here: my new website! It presents my furniture in a much more artistic format but most importantly it displays well on tablets and mobile phones. This website was a major effort. It would not have been possible without the help of a few key individuals and friends who I would like to acknowledge

  • Alison Taylor and Eddy Trampus of Usable Web Designs
  • Ake Severinson for the object photography
  • Jiri Vrba for some spectacular nature photography throughout the site and as the background
Please wander around my site. It features recent creations, new pictures, and up to date descriptions. Enjoy!

Visit the new website

Featured Creations

You will find many new pieces as you "walk" through my site. I hope you will feel as if you are strolling through a forest or a garden, discovering my furniture in unexpected spots.

Today I'd like to share with you two recent creations: the Laurel Boardroom Table, with a live edge, and the Jacaranga Dining Table, a spectacular walnut table with a rather unique base. Please click the links to read about and view additional photographs of these projects.

Laurel Boardroom Table

View all Boardroom Tables


View all Dining Tables

Open House May 9 - 10

On Saturday, May 9th and Sunday May 10th between 10am and 4pm I have my studio open as part of the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour. Come and see my shop, see how I make my furniture and enjoy the garden.

A Story of a Different Sort

Not all my work is strictly related to furniture. However, I work primarily in wood and projects almost always involve solving some difficult or unique problems. This project was no different.

Last fall I was asked if I would organize and build a boat for a Viking funeral of a mutual friend on a lake in the mountains. As with most requests I said yes, realizing only later what I got myself into, spending over 100 hours on this project.

This is what I had in mind. Let a flower decorated boat with the ashes sail into the lake accompanied by music, "somehow" self ignite after about 4 minutes of tranquil floating for reflection, burn for 10 or 15 minutes and then sink, leaving nothing on the surface of the lake, carried to the bottom of the lake by the weight of a slate acting as the boat's keel which has the deceased's name carved into it. Simple!?

Not quite!

Read the full story

The Privilege of Working with You

For me, the Viking funeral was an incredible and emotional experience, seeing that boat leave shore to the voice of soprano Barbara Bonney. Not only because of my memories of a good friend, but also because I was watching the one way trip of a boat I had spent hours and hours building and which almost became part of me. I felt privileged to be able to do this.

And that is how I feel about my furniture. Sometimes it is hard to leave it with you, my customers. I guess that is why so many of you give me "visiting rights for my babies" and so many of you are now good friends. Thank you. I cannot ask for more.

And if you have a project that may seem crazy or impossible, think of me...

Au revoir and have a great summer
Andres Schneiter
June 28, 2014

MapleArt Custom Wood Furniture
24705 - 108 Ave,
Maple Ridge, BC,
V2W 1G7
Telephone: 604-467-2287

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