In 2014 Stephen Hogbin was starting a new chapter in his life. It was time to move to Owen Sound from his home and studio at Lake Charles. An important part of this new chapter was finding the best way to continue his work. The original idea for Intersections was to start a woodworking co-op, a place where members could come and share space, equipment, and cost. To explore this possibility, Stephen bought together a group of regional artists and woodworkers. Setting up a co-op proved to be too complicated and during these meetings the idea was reshaped into a membership-based organisation. These meetings also introduced the ideas of having a gallery and different studio classes in the space, forming the varied, inclusive character of the organisation today.
Since those early meetings, Intersections has manifested as a diverse space. Located at 10th Street and 3rd Avenue East in Owen Sound at Damnation Corners, Intersections includes a gallery and a woodworking studio, an upstairs library, storage in the basement and apartment units on the 2nd floor, as well as the Georgian Bay Symphony and the Rising Sun Bakery on 3rd Avenue East. Many different members exhibit in the gallery and Stephen spends most of his time in the Studio, which is available to members who have taken our safety courses or have had prior safety training.
Since early 2017, Pierre Rousseau has become a valued asset to the organisation. Pierre is the main instructor of our studio classes, delivering a wide array of woodworking skills to the larger community. Intersections has other specialty instructors who explore fascinating techniques in courses for everyone from novices to professionals. Our past courses include making dovetails saws and hand planes, tables and cabinets, kitchen spoons and cutting boards, and canoe paddles as well as turning bowls. We will continue to recruit new instructors with specialty interests and develop courses that furnish both the experienced and amateur woodworker with the skills to realize their creative visions.
The gallery is the place to commission works that are particular to the client. They are carried out in the style and philosophy of the Intersections members. It is a symbiotic association and coming together of minds on the best way forward. The gallery will help clients connect with the best maker for the project.
Intersections Gallery is one of only a few galleries in the country to specialize in wood. We also take the attitude that the tree is vital to our sustainable future. The gallery presents wood objects, images of trees as well as running bonsai workshops and engaging with local tree planting projects. The gallery truly is where excellence meets quality. All objects are juried and represent the finest design solutions and craft qualities from the region and beyond. The gallery houses unique pieces on tree themes, as well as pieces that use wood as a medium including bowls, cabinets, chairs, cutting boards, and sculptures.
Memberships give you access to our woodworking studio, a venue to show your work and access to the library upstairs. The studio is equipped with a jointer, a thickness planer, a miter saw, a table saw, two band saws, a lathe, a table-mounted router and many other handheld tools and sanders. The table saw is a stop saw and we have recently added a C&C router to our inventory. The studio is also stocked with a variety of fasteners and finishes. Our library upstairs has books on all aspects of woodworking as well as art, design, craft and furniture. We also have many books related to our medium: wood and trees, gardening, forestry, ecology and nature, and an extensive collection of catalogues.
In our courses, our primary goal is to outfit the maker with skills you will return to again and again. We keep our classes small so you will get plenty of one on one time with our talented, engaging instructors. We are pleased to arrange private instruction for individuals and groups who want a personalized topic or a memorable party or team building experience.
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