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Showcase #2


This piece was born out of the desire to put flat glass in a curved cabinet. The wood that was used lent itself well to a symmetrical design, and as such, directed the design process.

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Showcase # 2 Glass Cabinet in Oak

This glass cabinet was custom designed and built by Ottawa based woodworker Jacques Breau. As with all of his work, it exhibits incredible quality of craftsmanship. Jacques often likes to set himself specific technical challenges in his work, and this piece was born out of his desire to put flat glass in a curved cabinet. The wood that was used in this glass cabinet lent itself well to a symmetrical design, and as such, directed the design process.

Materials: English brown oak is the principal material used in this glass cabinet, as well as eastern maple and Norway maple. The Brazilian species imbuya is also incorporated into the design.

Dimensions: 11.75″ h x 23.75″ l x 8.25″ w

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 24 lbs
Dimensions 24 x 9 x 12 in