Jeremy Tomlinson

Vancouver, BC

“The satisfaction of revealing a shimmering, glass-smooth surface on wood using a well tuned smoothing plane is hard to beat.”

Jeremy got his first bench at age six and spent much of his spare time making wooden toys with rasps, files and a couple of saws. Never having had formal training as a woodworker Jeremy learned what he knows from a young age helping his father, whose trade was making and restoring stained glass windows for churches and other architectural installations. His father’s small studio also made custom wooden windows and doors and Jeremy credits this side of the business for developing his knowledge of woodworking machine processes and joinery, and love of wood. He still uses machines for the grunt work but prefers hand tools wherever possible.

In his small shop in North Vancouver, Jeremy enjoys turning vessels, making small boxes and chests and sometimes he takes on the occasional job laying wood floors and making built-in units. He particularly likes to explore how light and shadow can enhance the form lines of his work. His work is sometimes carved and textured and finished with oil and wax, acrylics or embellished with gilding in gold, silver or copper.

After working as an Aircraft Mechanic and Mechanical Engineer, Jeremy went to business school for a career in corporate restructuring and management of both private and public early stage R&D companies. More recently, however, he has started Urban Woodworker, his latest project replacing his corporate work, allowing him to focus full time on woodworking and offering courses in hand tool woodworking through a partnership with Vancouver based Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre.

When he is not woodworking he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children enjoying music, good food, cycling, horse riding, skiing and long walks in the local forests.