Elfworks Studios‘ Ross Atkinson and Susanna Kong have honed their woodworking and fibre arts skills as vendors at the Salt Spring Saturday Market – but their expertise goes back to childhood. Both Ross and Susanna were taught to knit as young children in a bid to get them to sit still and learn something productive. And Ross and Susanna got their first taste of woodworking in elementary school – a love that Ross never lost even through his years in the corporate world.
“All of our products are produced at our home studio and workshop. We create an all-natural line of wooden toys including trains, planes, ferry boat, cars, trucks, toy fishing rods with fish and children’s brooms, ” Ross says. “We also make one-of-a-kind cutting boards, serving platters and meditation benches created from solid pieces of hardwood including oak, sugar maple, big leaf maple, black walnut and cherry, as well as bottle totes.”
“We also hand-knit and crochet toques, tams and beanies for men, women and infants and hand-weave scarves and shawls,” Susanna adds. “We use all-natural fibres including merino wool, alpaca, silk, mohair, hemp, angora and cashmere, and we create our own designs and patterns inspired by our research of vintage and folk designs from around the world. ”
For the past six years, Ross and Susanna have been part of the Salt Spring Studio Tour, a juried selection of home based artisans on Salt Spring open from May to October. They also travel frequently to Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Edmonton for winter holiday craft shows including Make It, Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair, Got Craft, and the Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair.
“We’re really looking forward to showcasing what we create at Made on Salt Spring, and meeting people who share our love of hand-made, sustainable products,” Ross says.
For more information on Elfworks Studio, visit their website at www.elfworks.ca.