Born in Europe, Steve has also lived in Alberta and BC.
He left school for work at only 15.
He has worked in many wood shops over the years, learning his trade from the ground up.
He also obtained other skills such as motorcycle mechanics, and metal machining.
Steve finally decided to start his own wood working business, "Handcraft Craftsman" .
inspired by early 1900's furniture maker Gustav Stickley.
Building only 1900's craftsman style furniture.
The business name changed using his family name,
"Willgoose Millwork" as he now began to take on his own style.
Changing the business name one last time to "Willgoose Wood”
Representing his growing live edge table business.
Steve Willgoose, brings over 30 years of wood working experience when building.
He designs and transforms local Western Maple trees into the highest quality
“live edge” dining tables, occasional and boardroom tables.
Tables For home or professionals.
Steve's style is a mix of Mission/Craftsman (early 1900's) but with his own West Coast twist. Using figured maple and sometimes natural edge, natural cracks and bark inclusions.
Also using solid iron on some of his projects.
I make my tables with my own style and do not follow current trends.
The tables I build take 1-2 months to build. Sometimes longer.
My goal is to keep each table as natural looking as possible.
I use only natural wood colors found in nature.
I believe think this will keep each of my pieces timeless.
Original Willgoose Wood tables will always have my logo
Burned into the bottom middle.
I also urge people to look at the quality, the wood choice,
and the "cost for quality"of other table makers before coming to my fabrication shop.
Wood is taken inside the woodshop and stored from 2-4 years before it can start to be made into your table.
During that time it goes through many different stages including steps of air drying and forced dehumidification. Also Moisture content and relative humidity tracking.
"Willgoose Wood" is a lifelong company.
I know my clients and the quality they expect.
Steve is also a paddler, He's done many years of OC1 and OC6.
He was also on Team Canada on their men's premier Dragon Boat team.
He's tried K1 Flatwater Kayak, and Surfski Kayak.
In 1999 Steve and team Canada
went over to Europe for the World Championships.
The team placed 6th in the premium men's division.
Today he paddles a kayak at Garden Bay lake.