Wood Shop Workers Co-op

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OUR STORY

FURNITURE, MILLWORK & METALWORK THAT LOOKS GOOD & DOES GOOD. At the heart of Wood Shop you will find people who want to make a difference by creating good furniture. We focus on using reclaimed, locally sourced materials and only environmentally-approved finishes, while providing meaningful employment to people with barriers to employment.  When you choose Wood Shop you are choosing to support local community partnerships which prevent waste, create meaningful and inclusive employment, and host training opportunities for folx living with barriers. What's not to love?

OUR FOUNDATION

In 2014, Co-Founder Chris Nichols asked the question "Could the quality wood materials from deconstruction and renovation be recovered, reclaimed, and remade into something new and provide meaningful employment to people in Vancouver?" With pallets of wood, a community of practice, and a hunger for cooperativism, Wood Shop was born. Over the past 6 years, Wood Shop has grown into a premium, Vancouver-based provider of custom millwork, furniture and metalwork for residential and commercial customers. Our ethical sourcing practices set us apart from most, and our worker-owned cooperative status puts us in the realm of social engineering for a better world. We now operate as a social purpose business providing meaningful and sustainable employment to our workers, while feeding into the larger cooperative movement.

NUMBER OF TREES SAVED SINCE 2014
2223
TONNES OF WOOD RECOVERED SINCE 2014
305
LOW BARRIER EMPLOYMENT HOURS SINCE 2014
7800
$ TO FOLX WITH BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT SINCE 2014
93600

Team Members

Alex Wood Shop Workers Coop Vancouver

ALEX

BUILDER / MILLWORK LEAD + CO-OWNER

Chris Wood Shop Workers Coop Vancouver BC

CHRIS

OPERATIONS LEAD+ CO-OWNER

Liam Wood Shop Workers Coop Vancouver BC

LIAM

BUILDER / METALWORK LEAD + CO-OWNER

Ronnie Wood Shop Workers Co-op

RONNIE

BUILDER / SURFACE LEAD + CO-OWNER

Marin Julia

JESSICA

MARKETING LEAD + CO-OWNER

Dave Ives Laser Engraving Vancouver

DAVE

LASER ENGRAVING LEAD

Matt Hessey

MATT HESSEY

ARCHITECT +COMMERCIAL DIVISION ADVISOR

EMILY MCGILL

EMILY MCGILL

COLLABORATIVE SYSTEMS ADVISOR