Rory Connell, woodworker, knife maker and artist has called Invermere home, for over thirty-five years.
In his woodwork he incorporates the trees that are found locally which include fir, pine, spruce, juniper, willow and diamond willow. He takes great care to leave the natural attributes, such as the aging found on driftwood intact. By working with what nature has already created instead of shaping the wood to fit the product, Rory lets each piece dictate what it will become. Much of his building material is salvaged from the local area, and often you can still see the natural markings, like wormwood on the finished product. His philosophy of “Quality furniture that will last a lifetime,” goes into every piece he makes.
His knives range from the smallest miniatures to full size blades. They are made to endure the use that knife owners put their blades through, but are beautiful enough to be proudly displayed as pieces of art. Rory designs, shapes and finishes each blade by hand. Accenting his blades with unique fittings and handle material brings out the beauty of the finished knife. Like his woodwork, each knife is a one of a kind piece that will last a lifetime.
Artist’s Web Site: http://www.roryconnell.com
Artist’s Hometown: Invermere, B.C.