Aaron + Rachel
We are a two-person team here at Blisscraft + Brazen; partners in business and life. We DIY pretty much everything and creating the smallest possible ecological footprint is important to us. We are relentless creators who share a desire to be as sustainable as possible in all aspects of our life. We bring our experience running a custom furniture business and a sterling silver jewellery line to run B+B in closest possible alignment to our values and ethics.
We believe that, not only can you have beautiful things and homes without adding to landfills and carbon emissions, we believe it is incumbent upon us to consume in a responsible way for the sake of our planet.
In the fall of 2011, we moved to a big, old house in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. When the back of the house threatened to fall apart, Rachel moved some tools into Aaron’s woodshop, and B+B was born.
Our materials are carefully chosen with sustainability in mind. Native hardwoods, abandoned & broken furniture, scrap bits of electrical wiring and scrap leather - all become the raw materials with which we work.
We use our combined skill set to make all of our pieces in-house, with the exception of limited edition collaborations that make good use of the incredible range of talent in our group of friends.
Our wood laminations are done exclusively with formaldehyde-free glue and we finish all of our pieces with a non-toxic, food safe and earth friendly hard wax oil, certified for use on children's toys in Europe.
Wood shavings are used as mulch in our garden, compost and the neighbour's chicken coop. Scraps that are too small to be turned into something useful are used to help heat our studios in the winter.
Silverwood is the acre of Laurentian mountain that we call home. We are surrounded by forest, clear clean lakes and all the wildlife that makes these mountains their home. An acre of grass is slowly being taken over by fruit trees, veggie gardens, a berry patch and flowers. Plans for building an environmentally friendly woodshop are in the works for the near future. Being surrounded by the birds, deer, turtles, fish, squirrels and the occasional bear cub helps remind us of our place in Nature, and the beauty in living harmoniously with it.