The Artist

Burns Jennings Custom Art Furniture started business in 1999 and is located on tranquil Bowen Island, one hour from Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia. Jennings, a graduate from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and Environmental Studies, uses his background to design and build high quality, environmentally responsible furniture. Jennings carefully considers form and function and uses distinctive materials to enhance all furniture styles. The materials, some locally harvested and milled, others recycled, found or reclaimed combined with quality joinery help produce inspired pieces of functional art furniture. Burns works collaboratively with clients to design pieces to suit their unique aesthetic. The quality of his craftsmanship, attention to detail, and passion for solid design will be evident upon delivery.

Artist Statement

As a keen observer of the natural environment and built forms around me, I am often drawn to the way one inspires the other. I strive to design furniture that will inspire private and public spaces leaving people feeling more creative and contented. I am a University of Victoria graduate with a Double Major in Visual Arts and Environmental Studies. I use my educational background to design fine furniture incorporating environmentally superior materials and practices. As an artist I am always growing and exploring the connections between form and function. I am inspired to create visually impactful pieces of functional art that incorporate appealing forms using locally harvested or found materials and utilize traditional and modern joinery techniques. The process from the design stage through the final construction is often fluid where the materials and construction processes influence the final result. This fluid design process allows me to explore more options and work with the material to expose its natural beauty. I work in many styles from driftwood sculptures to contemporary clean inspired lines. I enjoy working directly with clients to understand their preferences and incorporate them effectively into the design. My hope is that my work will reflect my clients’ unique aesthetics, and will be treasured for generations.

Testimonials

"My name is Daniel Parke, and I am principal of Salal Architecture, a small design oriented architecture firm based on Bowen Island, near Vancouver. I have known Burns for over 3 years. I initially worked with him in the design and construction of his own house, and he has also built custom millwork and furniture in my own home. I always enjoy working with Burns. He is a true craftsman. I meet many different trades on job sites, and Burns is one of a rare breed of highly talented craftsmen who are increasingly difficult to find. He is technically very good with wood, he understands design and aesthetics, is very detailed oriented, is very current with issues around sustainability, is very professional and is a great communicator. I have no hesitation in recommending Burns Jennings. Sincerely,"

Daniel Parke, MAIBC

"Burns has been a delight to work with. He listened carefully as we described what we wanted. He worked collaboratively with us in the design of the pieces, offering creative suggestions that drew on his strong sense of design. His craftsmanship is clearly evident in the pieces he created. And he provided clear instructions about how to care for those pieces so we can enjoy them for years to come. We are very pleased, and recommend Burns without any hesitations."

Larry and Sylvia Adams

"“Having seen Burns’ work displayed elsewhere on Bowen Island, we initially contacted him to make a new live edge shelf for the display of a native art etching. We also enquired about possible wall display options for our kitchen, for which he ultimately created a unique burl maple wall plaque. Both works have proven to be stunning in their execution. Burns demonstrated a professional approach to the projects while possessing a strong creative vision. He was very supportive of incorporating our input and we are pleased to provide our recommendation.” Regards, "

Fred and Linda Wagner

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