“Otter’s craft is lovingly and laboriously manifested in contemporary pieces that combine beauty and comfort and also hearken to traditional designs.”- S. MacAlpine-Foshay, Former Director of Mary E. Black Gallery

I began making furniture as a profession in 2004. I had no formal woodworking education and only a few tools. My workshop for the first 6 months was borrowed space in a friend’s single car garage.

In my first year, I received Juried Status Membership from the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council. Gradually, my name got out and commissions trickled in. I owe a great deal to my wife and family for their support. I am also indebted to my customers who took a chance on my unrefined abilities in those early days. 


We moved to a much larger workshop and gallery in Earltown, Nova Scotia in 2008. I was able to grow and expand my repertoire of making from that beautiful space in that beautiful part of the world. 

The story of a self-taught international award winning furniture designer

My brother Joe joined me in the workshop in 2016. He brought a wealth of fitted furniture and production experience to our studio. In 2017 I moved to Ireland. Joe continues to work from our studio workshop in Earltown.

We now are collaborating with production partners to make our designs more accessible. Please see our Production Partners page for more information.