W O O D W O R K E R
...Like many before me I enjoy the honesty and simplicity of that word.
Kenton Jeske is a woodworker, craftsman and designer of fine furniture, individually crafting each piece in his home shop, in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. His work has been recognized by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and awarded a visual arts grant for his solo exhibition in the spring of 2017, titled: Ceremony. Kenton is a professional member of the Alberta Craft Council gallery shop in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta where they display his work and recognize its exceptional quality and originality. He takes on commissions from individuals who connect with the evocative qualities in his work.
“My work is created through relationships, not industry. Each piece of furniture I build embodies an intention and an intuition to connect. It is this act of connecting through making that guides me, so long as my hands and eyes are dutifully performing along a path of tradition and ceremony.
I enjoy the relationship wood furniture has with my life. How it sounds when used, the way light plays with its lines and gentle curves, its ability to bring comfort and belonging. I pursue the idea that the objects we use on a quotidian basis should benefit us towards our needs and hold a quiet beauty within our home.
Building furniture that I would like to have myself is a natural way to design. Designing, in this way, nurtures an intimacy and personal investment into the quality and integrity of the furniture. Qualities that I, too, want in my home. Being a designer/maker and handling the material each day brings forth furniture with a sensual nature that invites one to touch and feel the things they live with. Woodworking, for me, is a constant search for ways in which the integrity of time honouring craftsmanship must endure alongside the natural beauty of the wood.” -Kenton Jeske
While criss-crossing the English and Scottish countryside in the fall of 2006, Kenton Jeske experienced a clarity in his spirit to return home, marry Amy and learn to build furniture. That vision has remained his defining resolve.
In the fall of 2007, Kenton attended N.A.I.T. (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) and there was shown the foundations of furniture making and woodworking. Following that year, he and Amy, moved to their own little home and obtained the necessities of a small shop. It is in this shop that Kenton has worked out his designs, studying and teaching himself the craft of furniture making.
His work has been recognized by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and awarded a visual arts grant for his solo exhibition in the spring of 2017, titled: Ceremony. Kenton Jeske is a professional member of the Alberta Craft Council gallery shop in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, where they display his work and recognize its exceptional quality and originality. He takes on commissions from individuals who are looking for furniture that has a sense of presence for their home.