Tim moved to Hornby Island in 2009 from New Brunswick, after a summer vacation where he fell in love with the island. Sara was a make-up artist in Vancouver before moving to Hornby Island in 2014. There, she and Tim met and soon after Curly Burl Woodworks was formed.
With help from Patrick and Susan Healey, through wisdom and use of tools, the concept of a local reclaimed hardwood speciality business came to life. They noticed a lot of attention in the wood world on Hornby Island was being given to Douglas Fir and Cedar, with a major un-appreciation for other mostly discarded woods like maple, arbutus, alder, oaks, plum, apple and cherry woods. Through luck and good timing, they were able to salvage exotic woods like teak and mahogany off the beaches. Now they’re taking that wood and making useful art for the Hornby Island lover to take home.