Jacques Breau

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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.


Work will be shipped world wide in appropriate packaging by freight or mail service. Items ship from from Ottawa, Ontario.

For orders outside North America please contact Oden for pricing.

Commission Process

-Determine what the functional, dimensional, and aesthetic guidelines for the piece are.

-Talk about material selection, finishes and budget.

-Send design options to client. Rework design if necessary. 300$ design fee.

-Once a design is chosen, 50% deposit in order to proceed with the build.

-Balance of payment to be received prior to shipping of the finished piece.


I stand by the furniture that I create. If there is any problem with the workmanship, materials, or finish, please contact me so that we can remedy the problem. If possible, I will personally see to the solution, otherwise, I will arrange a competent craftsperson to help with the situation.