The New Chairmaking ÉCONOMUSÉE® is Launched at Tofino Cedar Furniture

Vancouver, BC, March 17, 2016 – The Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDÉ) announces the launch of the Chairmaking ÉCONOMUSÉE® at Tofino Cedar Furniture. It became the fourth Économusée certified site on Vancouver Island. The official launch was held today at their workshop in Tofino, British Columbia.

SDÉ was honoured to share the remarks by Minister Norm Letnik who said, “The ÉCONOMUSÉE® Tofino Cedar Furniture site will undoubtedly increase the visibility of the District of Tofino and encourage visitor’s interest for this world class destination”, and to welcome Josie Osbourne, Mayor of Tofino and board member of Island Coastal Economic Trust, at the event.

Tofino Cedar Furniture has over twenty years of experience designing and producing handcrafted furniture from reclaimed Western Red Cedar, salvaged from the forest and locally milled. Owners Daniel and Barbara Lamarche welcome visitors and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge, traditional skills and innovative techniques. Designed for comfort and built to last, their distinctive cedar benches, tables and chairs (including an update on the timeless Adirondack design) are fixtures at many homes and resorts such as the Wickaninnish Inn & Spa.

“The commitment by Tofino Cedar Furniture to sustainability and salvaging this precious forestry resource supports local value added wood production. Their furniture is a prize export product from the Clayoquot Sound region,” says Donald Cyr, Executive Director at SDÉ.

The ÉCONOMUSÉE® Artisans at Work network promotes authentic and traditional artisan trades as viable economic opportunities that contribute to regional economic development, sustainable communities, agrifood and cultural tourism. The ÉCONOMUSÉE® trademark is an internationally recognized brand that represent a global network of artisans who open their workshops to the public.

For this launch we gratefully acknowledges the warm reception and support from the Municipality of Tofino, the continued support of the Économusée® Network Society and the financial contributions of the Government of Canada, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Island Coastal Economic Trust. With their contributions, this project was made possible.

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