Written by Trish Barsby
March’s Featured Artist is Chad Martin of No One Goes Woodworking. Be it something simple like a 2x4 from the local hardware store or a piece of exotic wood from across the ocean, Chad sees the potential for it to be molded into something beautiful.
Chad’s artistic journey began in Palmerston, ON, about 100 km northwest of Brantford. Coming from a long line of woodworkers, Chad would often help his mother with her own woodworking projects, which ultimately sparked his interest of creating something beautiful and unique out of nothing.
Chad and his small family moved to Brantford in 2007, and having turned what started out as a hobby into the small business it is today, Chad wakes up every day excited about what may come out of the pieces of wood he’s found. He takes great pride in seeing these pieces go to loving homes, and can’t wait to get to the next piece.
For now, you can find Chad volunteering at Westfield Heritage Village in the cabinetmaker shop to share his knowledge to others, and he has some thought about providing pop-up programs around historical woodworking, the science of wood, and how woodworkers deal with the nuances of using a natural material. He hopes to bring his love of woodworking to others in the community in more ways in the future. He also plans to pursue larger furniture projects, to bring his love of not only beautiful items, but also useful and practical items for people to enjoy for years to come.
No One Goes Woodworking offers custom ordering, wholesale pricing, and branding. You can find pre-made items like cutting boards, wine bottle corks, and cribbage boards shown on Facebook and Instagram. His work is also displayed in a variety of places, such as; The Shop in Princeton, The Hollow Willow in Paris, The Urban Wheel in Tillsonburg, and 1909 Culinary in Ayr. Be sure to follow @NoOneGoeswoodworking to see what is new in the shop and to follow Chad on his creative journey!