Junction Workshop

Junction Workshop Autumn Launch Party

Junction Workshop

JW (Junction Workshop) is made up of a community of professional Toronto-based furniture maker’s and designers, who open up their studio a few nights a week and on weekends to offer wood working classes for students of all levels.

After each class students get to take home a beautifully designed piece that they made themselves, like a 10-sided willow planter box or a maple and walnut memento box. Courses take place in a professional woodworking studio housed in an old munitions factory on Sterling Road. It’s one of the last light-industrial maker spaces that still exist in the centre of Toronto. As more commercial spaces like Drake Commissary open nearby, communities like JW are slowing being pushed out. Several studios in the building next to ours were recently closed, unmooring artists who have been there for years. JW is trying to keep these creative and productive studios in the city, where they can be accessible to more people.

JW is fronted by a trio of lady wood workers who have made a name for themselves in what is traditionally a male profession. JW was founded by Heidi Earnshaw and Carey Jernigan. Heidi works by day as one of Canada’s most celebrated and prolific furniture makers, with pieces in the High Commission in London and in the Toronto Ismaili Centre, part of the Aga Khan Park. Carey was Heidi’s apprentice and a woodworker and artist in her own right, displaying her wooden art pieces in galleries across Ontario. Currently JW is lead by Christina Pupo, a Toronto-based designer, maker and educator, who works by day in the Industrial and Environmental Design Model Shop at OCAD and teaches in the Design Program. 
The launch party for our new autumn courses is taking place in the JW studio next Sunday, 10 September from 2-5 pm. We’ll have some drinks and snacks and you’ll have the chance to meet course instructors, former students, and local artists and makers. You can also see the beautiful pieces students have made at JW. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017