• Darnell Hagen

Darnell Hagen

Saskatoon, SK
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Darnell Hagen

Saskatoon, SK
“Working wood by hand frees me from the limitations of my machinery -- it makes me feel like I am a part of an ancient tradition, equal parts civil and primeval, and leaves me with the same sensation as listening to rushing water or watching fire.”

As a farm boy from the Saskatchewan prairie, Darnell’s formal introduction to woodworking was in his junior high school Industrial Arts class. He remembers feeling like he was getting away with a scam, getting credit for doing something he enjoyed.

Darnell spent ten years as a beekeeper raising queens, filling pollination contracts down the west coast into California, producing honey in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and managing university research colonies in British Columbia. About 12 years ago, he moved into making fine furniture full time and recently started pursuing his interest in machining as well. Darnell joined our Canadian Event staff in 2010.

When he’s not in the shop, Darnell enjoys restoring antique woodworking machinery, spending time with his family, reading, and writing.

Blog: www.thewayiwood.blogspot.com