The Ébéniste Wood Rings Story
I started making wood rings in cabinetmaking school, 2008 in Montreal. My first ring was a little passion project for my girlfriend. She liked it, so I made a few more, and eventually started selling rings on Etsy. I chose Ebeniste as my Etsy username. Ébéniste is the French word for cabinetmaker, and at the time I thought I'd be offering all manner of handmade wooden wonders. But the rings were always my favourites. Fourteen years and thousands of rings later, they still are. My name is Gill, I like making rings.
My wood ring practice took a few roundabouts before becoming my livelihood. It started with my love of music. I bought my first electric guitar when I was 18 and immediately started tearing it apart and experimenting with its insides. My love of music led me to a Bachelor's Degree, but my love of playing Dr. Frankenstein with that guitar led me to a trade certification in cabinetmaking. I soon fell in love with woodworking and design, and decided to make it my career.
My first workshop was the second bedroom of my Ottawa apartment, in the Vanier neighbourhood. My first workbench was screwed together with 2x4s and MDF, and I've made each of my subsequent workbenches the same way. Since then I've co-run a furniture studio in Montreal with this talented human, made rings while vanlifing, and brought my ring practice with me to Vancouver three short but eventful years ago. The pandemic has taken its toll on my livelihood, as it has for many, but as I adapt and try new things I still bring the same passion I've brought to every ring since the first one I made thirtheen years ago. Here's to many more.