Our Inspiration

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” - William Morris

The Elora Craftsman style recalls the work of fine craft practitioners of early twentieth century.  These skilled craftsmen were influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement that started in Europe in the mid 19th century. The movement sought to revive the appreciation of handmade objects and their makers amid rampant industrialization. Low quality, mass produced goods were rejected as was decoration for its own sake. Natural materials, utility and attention to detail defined the beauty of items created in this style. They provided pride of ownership to the buyer and a strong sense of accomplishment to the maker.  

At Elora Craftsman we continue in this pursuit. Our goods are entirely hand crafted in our historic village, perched above the natural beauty of the Elora Gorge.  All of our wares fulfill a practical need with designs that are pleasing and uncomplicated. Clean lines, geometric patterns and traditional joinery (rivets, collars, mortise and tenon) denote our works.   

Our products also exhibit evidence of the tradesman’s labours. Hand forged textures and marks from the blacksmith’s hammer are proudly displayed; not destroyed by machine grinding or excessive polishing nor are they hidden under layers of paint. Our finishes enhance the natural appearance of the metals using heat and oxidation to achieve outstanding effects.  

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort." - John Ruskin