Forward Never Straight

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 08/02/2012 5:11PM


If you’re looking for conventional elegance, don’t commission Straight Line Design’s Judson Beaumont to design your furniture. The Vancouver, BC-based furniture designer and fabricator is as ironic as he is iconic.

How else does one explain how the veteran woodworker, whose clientele includes Disney, Princeton University and Vancouver International Airport — let alone many private clients he can’t name — is able to crank out creative works that explode, melt and rarely pass a police DUI test.

The Apple Cabinet shown here is one of Beaumont’s most recent works. He said it was inspired by a previous piece he designed called the Beaver Cabinet. “It looks like its center was gnawed at by our Canadian friend,” Beaumont says. “This sparked thoughts as to what else is bitten in the middle.”

The Apple Cabinet is constructed of maple veneered plywood “for the actual cabinet and for the bitten area,” plus a two-part expanded foam, carved and a fiber glass with a matte white paint on top.

Catch Beaumont’s keynote presentation at Wood Tech Summit, October 22-23 in Vancouver, BC. Wood Tech Summit is comprised of three full-day conference programs: Wood Finishing, Production Efficiencies, and Growing a Wood Products Business. Learn more at


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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