East Van Makers: Tyler Spence Making One Of A Kind Furniture

9 Feb

14We love featuring makers and on this past year’s Eastside Culture Crawl, our group started off at the Maker Labs. There we met Tyler Warren Spence, one half of Warren & Wayne Wood Co. The other half being Rory Wayne Bushfield.  These two love the great outdoors and turned their love of collecting old stumps and logs into one of a kind furniture. Tyler works out of Maker Labs in East Vancouver designing and building custom handmade coffee and dining room tables from reclaimed wood. His passion is finding the right piece of wood for each project and creating beautiful, functional furniture that will last a lifetime. Tyler uses recycled material whenever possible and is inspired by the great outdoors.  Tyler has been making furniture for 7 years on a part-time basis, but has in the last 6 months moved to making furniture full-time. He recently completed his first commercial project, being two large banquet style tables for The Airhouse which is a freestyle training centre in Squamish. He used reclaimed fir that was repurposed from a demolition project at The Guildford Town Centre in Surrey. Some of his smaller projects include guitar stands made from red wine barrel staves from the Okanagan (pictured above).   We have set out below photos of some of Tyler’s other projects along with a brief description of where he sourced the wood:

The table top for this piece is from a cedar tree that Tyler found on the shore of Lillooet Lake. The legs of the table are from fallen Arbutus branches from the Sunshine Coast.26

This cabinet was made from Cedar dock boards reused from Tyler’s family cabin on the Sunshine Coast. The wood was originally milled by his grandfather from a fallen tree on their cabin property. After a few decades of use, it was time for the dock to be replaced so he salvaged as much of the wood as he could and created the piece you see below.

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Tyler made this table from a Driftwood log found on Spanish Banks in Kitsilano.  It took months for the wood to dry out after which the log was milled into slabs using an Alaskan Mill.

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Tyler is passionate about what he does and welcomes any custom orders. We invite you to check out his website which has some great photos of his work. You can also find him on Instagram at @warrenandwayne. To chat with Tyler directly, you can email him at e: tyler.spence@warrenandwayne.com.

Photo Credit: Pera Hardy

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