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
I left him and moved to a homestead in the
Ottawa valley. I
set up my workshop next to my home.
My early experiences with wood shaped my desire to build with solid wood using traditional methods.
are not merely impressions of fine wood, like veneer. They are the real
thing. The work that I do is in the line of the traditional Canadian
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