Hello, I'm Pascal Teste
As a kid, everything that I could put my hands on, I would take apart, to the dismay of my parents. Thankfully, they did not hide anything away from me, but instead provided me with materials and tools I could use to create with. When I was six or seven years old, I “assisted” my parents in building their own kitchen cabinets, and a few pieces of furniture for the house. Later, in my early teens, I helped my dad build a small wooden sail boat, and started to better understand his lessons in woodworking and engineering.
Then came college, university, and travelling, where I was trying to find a purpose in life and a way of making a living. Finally, I settled down in Vancouver, British Columbia, and found a part-time job as a carpenter to help finance my university degree in kinesiology. While completing my undergraduate degree, I ironically became a skilled carpenter, and found myself much more interested in construction than in any further academic studies.
Eventually I started my own residential contracting business. With time, more requests came from clients to build custom pieces of furniture.
Realizing that making furniture was more fulfilling for me, I decided to do it full time.
I'm passionate about making beautiful and functional furniture for my clients.
My pieces are almost exclusively made of solid wood. I make one piece at a time in my shop situated in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, ensuring a high level of quality whether it is a commission or an on spec order. Conscious that trees are a very valuable resource, I try as much as I can to source out my lumber locally. I also encourage my clients to pick wood species that come from sustainable harvesting practices and that are not endangered, by consulting the CITES appendices and the IUCN red list. Depending on the type of wood, I can, on request, provide lumber that is FSC certified.