James Haley Furniture is a one-man custom furniture shop in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Inspired by centuries of traditional furniture and architectural design, I build furniture that is beautiful, functional, and designed to last.
Craftsmanship - the single word that encompasses all that I strive for when building furniture. The pursuit of Craftsmanship requires an attitude of continued learning, development, and ultimately an understanding of the wood, and myself.
Working out of a small shop, I focus on mastering traditional hand-tool methods. This means I don't require many of the large, expensive, messy machines that are typically associated with woodworking. This approach allows me to build beautiful furniture, at a reasonable price due to the relatively low overhead costs associated with my shop.
I studied Earth Sciences (Geology) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, completing a Bachelor of Science in 2010, and a Masters of Science in 2013. I worked as a Geologist for nine years throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan. My interest in woodworking initially started with the desire to work with my hands during the off-season months while working as a Professional Geologist. I've enjoyed my time spent in geology, but my outlook on travelling far away for long periods of time changed once I had a daughter, Mabel. I no longer wanted to leave home for work, and desired a more suitable work-life balance.