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Featured Shop: Off Cut Studio

Jul 12, 2013

by Cameron MacLean

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Cameron MacLean, and I make functional and decorative home objects along with wooden bike accessories for Off Cut Studio. I live in Toronto, Canada.

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After I finished studying plant ecology at university, I realized I had been ignoring the more spontaneous and creative side of my mind. I began collecting old pieces of furniture (or any scrap of wood for that matter) to try and make something from it. Soon, I came to realize what a wonderfully versatile and beautiful material wood is. It can be made to look contemporary or rustic; you can bend it, carve it, and stain it; you can find it almost anywhere you go. I can’t imagine ever growing tired of all the possibilities and challenges that wood presents.

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My works often start out as a desire to incorporate a shape or form into something for the home. It could be a design element from a vintage dresser, or the line of an absent-minded doodle that inspires me. Other times, my designs are born out of a specific need – I might have to do something with the growing stack of offcuts in my shop or find a way to carry groceries home on my bike. The next step is to make an object that will last as long as possible.

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Careful construction, unique custom hardware, and local sustainable woods are often considerations in my designs. I use skills that I’ve acquired from working with accomplished furniture makers to develop a wide variety of high-quality objects, and I’m always happy to make custom designs with clients. I believe this combination of quality, variety, and customization sets Off Cut Studio apart from other businesses.

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Custom orders are an important part of my business: they give me a great wealth of ideas for new products, and they tell me what kind of items people are looking for and how they’ll use them. For example, a woman who wanted a way to bring her dog Stanley along on bike rides requested a custom design. After some back and forth, I came up with a design that she and Stanley were happy with, and now the two of them regularly go on adventures together.

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Etsy has been invaluable to me as a self-employed craftsman. My partner Anneke (of Touch The Dutch) and I have a long-term goal of buying a home in the beautiful highlands of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Etsy is an important part of this goal because it will allow us to reach handmade enthusiasts all around the world, despite living in such a remote area.

Studio and maker photographs by Touch The Dutch, Stanley photograph by Rachel Hinman, and product shots by Off Cut Studio.

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Magazine Rack - Wall hung wooden magazine holder
Magazine Rack - Wall hung wooden magazine holder
offcutstudio
$74.00 USD
Magazine Rack - Walnut with solid brass
Magazine Rack - Walnut with solid brass
offcutstudio
$140.00 USD
Set of four half round walnut shelves
Set of four half round walnut shelves
offcutstudio
$95.00 USD
Solid Brass, Nickel Silver or Copper and Walnut Coffee Scoop. Hand formed Pour over Coffee Scoop. Coffee Lover's gift.
Solid Brass, Nickel Silver or Copper and Walnut Coffee Scoop. Hand formed Pour over Coffee Scoop. Coffee Lover's gift.
offcutstudio
$60.00 USD
Letter Holder - Shorty Magazine Rack
Letter Holder - Shorty Magazine Rack
offcutstudio
$64.00 USD
Bedside table - Entry way shelf
Bedside table - Entry way shelf
offcutstudio
$80.00 USD
Set of four half round cherry wood floating shelves
Set of four half round cherry wood floating shelves
offcutstudio
$95.00 USD
Half round solid wood shelf - Ebonzied walnut
Half round solid wood shelf - Ebonzied walnut
offcutstudio
$30.00 USD
Set of 2 half round walnut shelves
Set of 2 half round walnut shelves
offcutstudio
$55.00 USD
Set of four half round white oak shelves
Set of four half round white oak shelves
offcutstudio
$95.00 USD
Half round walnut shelf - floating wood shelf
Half round walnut shelf - floating wood shelf
offcutstudio
$30.00 USD
Wood Clock - Solid walnut with black, brass or white clock hands
Wood Clock - Solid walnut with black, brass or white clock hands
offcutstudio
$105.00 USD
Maple Wooden Clock
Maple Wooden Clock
offcutstudio
$105.00 USD
Maple salt cellar
Maple salt cellar
offcutstudio
$55.00 USD
Record holder
Record holder
offcutstudio
$210.00 USD
Set of three half round shleves
Set of three half round shleves
offcutstudio
$80.00 USD
Ebonized walnut magazine rack
Ebonized walnut magazine rack
offcutstudio
$74.00 USD
Solid Brass Salt or Spice Spoon. Hostess Gift. Chef's Gift. Small Solid Brass Salt Cellar Spoon.
Solid Brass Salt or Spice Spoon. Hostess Gift. Chef's Gift. Small Solid Brass Salt Cellar Spoon.
offcutstudio
$23.00 USD
Salt cellar - cherry wood salt cellar with wooden spoon
Salt cellar - cherry wood salt cellar with wooden spoon
offcutstudio
$55.00 USD
Cherry Wood Clock - Solid wood clock
Cherry Wood Clock - Solid wood clock
offcutstudio
$105.00 USD
Salt cellar - walnut salt cellar with wooden spoon
Salt cellar - walnut salt cellar with wooden spoon
offcutstudio
$55.00 USD
Key holder - solid walnut and brass key hooks
Key holder - solid walnut and brass key hooks
offcutstudio
$50.00 USD
Crescent Shelf
Crescent Shelf
offcutstudio
$110.00 USD
Solid wood desk clock with inlaid hour markers
Solid wood desk clock with inlaid hour markers
offcutstudio
$140.00 USD
Walnut and Maple Salt and Pepper cellars
Walnut and Maple Salt and Pepper cellars
offcutstudio
$100.00 USD
Ring Holder- Solid walnut ring holder
Ring Holder- Solid walnut ring holder
offcutstudio
$95.00 USD
Wood Oak Clock
Wood Oak Clock
offcutstudio
$105.00 USD

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