Douglas Pueschel grew up in rural Leduc County within steps of his family’s custom woodworking business. Growing up and working in this setting instilled a life long love of both nature and creating. He began working under his fathers teaching at a very young age and later, after years of education and working within the field of Conservation Biology, he returned to complete a formal cabinetmaking apprenticeship. Cabinetmaking was always taught from a point of view focusing primarily on functionality and practicality. Through discovering the writings and philosophies of successful studio furniture makers such as George Nakashima, Jere Osgood, Michael Fortune and others he discovered that woodwork could be more than just functional and practical, it could be a medium to express oneself. It could be art.
Woodworkers are often depicted as having pristine shops with rows of shiny hand-planes stacked neatly on beautiful shelves. This is not Douglas. His self described “organized chaos” manner of creating is what works for him. Like a mad scientist, he tirelessly immerses himself in a project from concept to completion. He enjoys challenging himself technically while creating inspired pieces of the utmost quality. People, places, things, there are no shortages of inspiration. Though he has a lifetime of technical skills and experience Douglas is just emerging as an artist and knows his own style will continue to evolve with every work that is completed.
Throughout the years, Douglas has been involved in building millwork for thousands of jobs varying from small renovations to multi-million dollar residences. In recent years, Douglas has been seeking artistic commissions. Pieces are held in private collections and public institutions across Alberta. He currently continues to work at his family’s custom woodworking business. He also works from his rural Strathcona County home where he is surrounded, influenced and motivated by an inspiring natural setting as well as his wife and two children.
“The collection below are all from the “Unbound” series of hand worked pieces that can be used in a variety of manner determined by the collector. As a biologist doing field surveys for birds we had four letter codes for all of our bird species. I have decided to name these pieces with a similar coding system.” – Douglas Pueschel
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