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Dark Horse


Award winning curved wall cabinet crafted by Jacques Breau

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‘Dark Horse’ Wall Cabinet

This distinctive wall cabinet is another fine creation by talented Canadian woodworker Jacques Breau. It uses spruce and wenge as its primary materials. The two wood species create a sharp contrast to one another, giving the piece an eye-catching appearance. Wenge is a unique-looking African species with a dark brown heartwood. It grows in swampy areas in Cameroon, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Story: This piece was awarded Juror’s Choice at Woodworks 2015, in Perth, Ontario. An article was authored by Jacques Breau about the construction of this piece and can be found in Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement Feb/March 2015. The cabinet is featured on the cover of the magazine. In Jacques’ own words “I was motivated to build this wall cabinet simply because, at the time, I had too much lumber in my possession. The spruce was once a piano sound board that was reclaimed, and the Wenge was left over from a previous project. As sometimes happens, the unremarkable origins of this piece nevertheless resulted in a memorable piece that is one of my favourites!”

Materials: Wenge, Spruce, Brass, Baltic Birch Plywood

Dimensions: 16″ W X 8″ D X 25″ H in   

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Jacques Breau

Jacques Breau has been around woodworking and craft since he was a child. Woodworking runs in the Breau family, starting from his great-grandfather who passed down his love of wood to many family members throughout the generations. Jacques’ mother, an exacting seamstress, has imparted her approach to craft to him. This combination of material and approach guides Jacques along. After completing an undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Jacques embarked on his journey as a craftsman. After reading James Krenov’s book, “A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook”, it became clear that his passion was leading him to woodworking. He has since studied at the Silva Bay Shipyard School (2003), and at the Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking (2006-2007), both located on the Strait of Georgia, in British Columbia. Since graduating from the Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking, Jacques has been a member of the Guest Faculty at that institution. Jacques gets inspirations for his work from bridges, water towers, seashells, difficult joinery, and the flowing lines of turn of the century furniture. These inspirations are juxtaposed with constantly striving to strip designs down to the essentials. Tools are a very important aspect of Jacques’ craft practice. His machines have been collected and lovingly restored to working order. They date as far back as 1915, and are all from quality manufactures in North America and Europe. The hand tools in Jacques’ collection are all of high quality, and are well maintained. Some of these tools have been shop built, while others have been accumulated over the years. His hand tool collection includes tools from Japan, England, the United States, Germany, Canada, as well as shop made tools.

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Weight 31 lbs
Dimensions 16 x 8 x 25 in


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