Photostory #005: Furniture Making in Canada a Fine Art
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archive
In this age of mass-produced, machine-stamped furniture, Montreal's provincially-sponsored Ecole du Meuble (Furniture-Making School) is dedicated to restoring furniture making as a fine art. The 25-year old Ecole du Meuble is more than just a trade school for carpenters: Its 3-year course gives students a complete training in art as applied to cabinet making. To further this aim, students receive instruction in sculpture, ceramics, interior design, as well as furniture design and construction. The teaching encourages students to introduce individuality into their creations. The school, with an enrollment of 400, graduates fine craftsmen. Skilled in the use of beautiful woods, they handle their materials with the deftness of artisans, from drawing board to finished product.