A Brief History
Hi, I'm Andrew.
My grandfather supported his large family building custom furniture. As a young child I was surrounded by his craftsmanship in our home and his, and explored the craft all through high school. But after graduating, the skills I learned lay dormant for many years in the age of "work smarter not harder".
At the beginning of 2013 my wife and I converted our garage into a shop and outfitted it with equipment, fulfilling the decades-long dream to pursue woodworking further as a hobby.
My first cut on the table saw brought my life into singular focus: this is what I am made for, everything else was only preparation. With my wife's blessing and the Lord's challenge to bust out of self-imposed boundaries, I left a successful 18-year professional engineering career to pursue this passion and continue in my grandfather's footsteps.
We founded the company in 2013 and incorporated in 2015. Aktuality Designs Custom Furniture is a fully family-owned and operated business. We are conveniently located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and are pleased to support other locally owned and operated suppliers with our business activities.
A Sampling of Custom Work
Every piece I build reflects my commitment to excellence. Below you’ll find some examples that I've produced in my shop. I gravitate to domestic hardwoods like Maple, Oak, Walnut, and Cherry for most projects. Painted pieces use Poplar or engineered materials.
Keep in mind that what you see below is a small sample. Each piece can be customized to your request or we can start from a completely blank page. No matter what, you’ll receive a quality item made to last.
Signature pieces that can stay with you for a lifetime.
Units that enhance the beauty and functionality of their particular space, while managing to blend in to their surroundings.
"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."