My name is Harold Bowern, but call me Harold.
I became interested in woodworking at a young age working with my father building small projects around the house, on our farm, and helping him with projects for his business. I enjoy the challenges and found the experience of working with your hands to make something both enjoyable and rewarding.
I enrolled in the technical classes in high school where I graduated with a architectural drafting and woodworking diploma.
As the field for cabinetmaking was not a viable employment option at the time of my graduation from high school, I went into the business world, where I had a successful business career, that spanned 35 plus years, in the areas of finance, inventory, and production control of food manufacturing, electrical, and electronic businesses and in the service management software business as an installer, trainer and consultant.
When time and family permitted, I pursued various woodworking projects and building renovations to our homes, as well as helping others with their woodworking projects.
Of special note, another major influence in my woodworking was my father in-law. When Len retired from farming life, he also got into the designing and crafting of cabinetry, furniture, household wooden items, and grandfather clocks for friends and family. The time spent exchanging ideas and concepts with dad was a blessing and something I will never be forget.
I had an opportunity to look again at the course in my career so I went back to school, college to be specific, and graduated with honours in 2005 from Humber College with an Industrial Woodworking Technician Diploma. After graduation, I started and continue to operate H F Bowern Designs from my small woodworking shop located in Brampton, Ontario.
I take on limited commsions designing and crafting solutions from clients as well as filling all the requests from my family.
My philosophies in woodworking are
- Never think you know it all
- Your never to old to learn something new
- You always continue to learn and hone your skills, either from trying new ways of doing things or from everyone of your own mistakes
- Share your skills and knowledge
- Have fun
I thank you for your interest.