Robert S. Anderson Cabinetmaker

Our furniture design philosophy

As prosperity spread through this part of the country in the 19th century and the pioneers began building and furnishing second homes, furniture design and technique in our region flourished. Upper Canadian cabinetmakers took a great deal of quiet pride in what they were creating. They realized the pieces they were building achieved a level above standard workmanlike furnishings and they knew that what they were doing was important and beyond simply functional. They were artisans.

When I began building custom furniture in the 1970s these pieces captured my imagination. As I took apart and rebuilt antique cabinets and furnishings, they revealed the secrets of the men who’d fashioned them a century before. It was a very tactile link, a visceral connection, and it taught me more about cabinetmaking than I could have ever learned from a book.

Today, using the values and time-tested lessons gleaned from those 19th century cabinetmakers, we often design and build non-traditional pieces. We celebrate the wonderful colour and grain of the various woods with clarity of conception and detailing. We work with our clients to harmonize existing spaces and design new areas that reflect architects’, designers’ and homeowners’ visions and dreams.

Our work fuses traditional and contemporary design and techniques, and we consider the custom furniture we build to be another link in the evolution of Upper Canada cabinetmaking.

Traditional and contemporary furniture design

Cabinetmaking, custom furniture, kitchens, bathrooms, built-in furniture and freestanding furniture in traditional and contemporary designs. Located in Clarksburg, Ontario, near Collingwood, Thornbury, Blue Mountains, Lora Bay, the Beaver Valley, Meaford and Owen Sound.