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David Stepan and Jody Salahub are artists creating objects in multiple media, primarily wood, metal and stone. While getting a BFA from the University of Calgary David focused his attention on printmaking, especially the abstract decorative surfaces of silkscreen, which he then applied sculpturally. A long career in custom woodworking allowed him to continue to pursue his interests in decorative surfaces and shapes, while satisfying the extraordinary demands of private commissions. Applying his decades of skills to creating delightful and striking pieces remains his passion, currently as represented in more intimate works. Surreal and beautiful mixes of materials transform his charcuterie/cheese boards; and the hammer marks on the copper culinary ware are primitively expressive. Beverly P. said of Jody's packaging "just received your beautiful culinary knives, etc. I love the presentation of each, in a case with copper detail.". Jody brings delightful attention and execution to these details that matter; and a keen sense for future products.
WHY WE'RE ONE OF A KIND
We are restlessly creative. Often disregarding the boundaries typically applied to methods and materials, pursuing the more interesting end result. Each piece develops organically, from the distortion of the metal with intention under the hammer, to the dialogue between the maker and section of lumber, elevating the work piece to art.
Salvaged copper is employed in the creation of the culinary and copper ware. In its previous life it was electrical bus bar, managing heavy power requirements in now shuttered industrial facilities. To process, it is first cut close to size, then tossed in my cement mixer with sharp sand for a couple of days to clean it up.
The lumber is primarily domestic, often sourced from farmers who are selling it on Kijiji. Responsibly sourced imported lumber is also used as the piece or my inclination demands.
We ship flat rate. At a fixed cost of $20.00 (plus duty, brokerage and taxes as applicable) for up to 37 items to Canada and the continental United States.
We accept returns for faulty workmanship only. Buyer pays return shipping.
The copper is a real material and will oxidize and tarnish. Use and care instructions are provided, and it is straightforward to maintain a shine if desired.
Wood is also a real material, moving when affected by moisture, scarred by tools in use. Simple maintenance is required. Use and care instructions are provided.