About Michael Waram
Born and raised in the countryside near Sudbury, Ontario, surrounded by rocks and trees, Michael’s earliest memories revolve around creating anything out of wood. From making crafts with a neighbour’s discarded wine crates, carvings and turnings to building tree houses, he never imagined himself doing anything else.
Michael’s first inspiration was his grandfather, Matthew Waram, a highly-reputed cabinet maker and finish carpenter. Spending time with him in his workshop was how Michael’s journey towards becoming an accomplished craftsman began. After 30 years of making furniture for specialized retailers and independently, Michael remains connected to his grandfather’s work.
Hand Crafted Quality
Possessing the skills is only part of the secret to designing and producing quality, one-of-a-kind furniture. There are also high demands on the tools, materials and processes. Michael’s pieces are made of the best wood available, using construction techniques that guarantee long-lasting, solid furniture.
Wood: The quality of the wood, its characteristics, suitability and purpose play a part in determining the design and scale of the pieces. Minimal waste is important. Cherry, ash, teak, walnut, quater sawn white oak, reclaimed elm, hickory and more are some of the remarkable woods Michael works with. You will always be fascinated by a beautiful piece of wood.
Tools: His hands: All furniture and components are produced in shop by Michael. Nothing is outsourced. The 2,000 square foot workshop houses equipment and tools that can handle all wood working requirements.
Construction technique: Traditional high quality craftsmanship is combined with the complementary use of modern production equipment and joinery technologies.
Design: Function, style, design and durability all go together. Michael takes inspiration from the best in furniture making, whether it is from books, magazines or antique pieces. Every chair he makes is preceded by several prototypes, to ensure that the ergonomics and dimensions are pertinent.