Kathy & Jim Sawada

Toronto, Canada | 160 Sales


Kathy & Jim Sawada

Toronto, Canada 160 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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It all began in the tool aisle....

We are a husband/wife team who ventured into the fine crafts field in 1997. It became a full-time occupation for both of us in 2002. It’s a great head-space! Before entering the fine craft field, Jim held various management and technical positions in the computer technology field. Kathy was an accredited teacher and stay-at-home mother. She also conceived, planned, organized and conducted programs for groups of preschoolers.

We are both self-taught. Research, experimentation and imagination keep us moving along on the road of discovery. Our work has evolved and continues to do so.

I had never used, or even considered, wood as my medium for artistic expression. I got involved in woodworking when I discovered the scroll saw (while killing time in yet another tool store waiting for Jim to poke through all the available gizmos). Jim has been a hobby woodworker and cabinetmaker for years and had made beautiful boxes.

I moved up to the band saw when I started to design free-form, sculptured boxes. Those creations got me involved in an exhibition at the Varley Gallery in Unionville. The Varley Gallery subsequently invited me to participate in a couple of fundraisers, Benchmark and Reflections, neither of which had any relationship to my band saw boxes, but both of which sent me off into completely new directions. Benchmark required artists to convert a provided rough-hewn milking stool into a work of art.Reflections posed a similar challenge using a provided framed mirror.

My works were a hit. But, I couldn’t build the underlying benches and frames. Enter Jim’s cabinet making (and rising to the challenge). The rest, as they say, is history.

One of the things that is the most fun in this work is that I never know what will be created next! Having had no formal training, I can do whatever amuses me…and sometimes the finished product is a complete surprise!!

As a newly married young man with little money but a lot of curiosity it was essential that I embrace new skills of many kinds. Plastering and painting came first. Close on their heels were changing diapers and learning to sleep and think at the same time.

My formal education and my initial career were computer related.....but we all know the importance of a meaningful hobby. It was Kathy's father, Fred, who introduced me to the joys of woodworking: first enticing me with a small table saw, then with some of his chisels, then some techniques and encouragement and some very good advice (as well as some very bad advice). It was a learning curve that I embraced with enthusiasm.

As my family grew, my skills were challenged and expanded with practice...practice ...practice: building book shelves, beds, desks, cabinets, a dollhouse, a go-cart. I discovered and learned to love all of the grains, colours, strengths and weaknesses of various woods.

Then the day came that the family was grown and there were no more beds or desks or shelves to be made.......but.... Kathy has always loved boxes......so I started to make boxes. And I continue to make boxes.

Each box is a personal journey for me as I choose the colours and size and conceive the design. It is important to me that each box is unique in some way. Each is handmade with patience and attention to every detail. It's the pride of the artisan in me perhaps...I like to think so.

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Last updated on July 4, 2018
Welcome to the works of Kathy & Jim Sawada, Canadian artisans.
All works are our own designs, completely constructed, finished and decorated by us.
We pride ourselves in making art that is as functional as it is eye-catching.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
We expect our customers to be satisfied, to even exceed their expectations. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please notify us know within 7 days of receipt.

We do not offer exchanges or replacements. Each item is one-of-a-kind -- there are no duplicates.

Reimbursements for lost or damaged items will be subject to Canada Post/USPS or UPS procedures and policies. Items are fully insured. Original shipping fees are refundable.

Return the item to us.
Ship the item within 14 days of original delivery. Ship it in its original packaging, insured for its original value. Use "Signature required on delivery" option for items valued over $125 CDN. If returning from the USA, be sure to identify the item as a 'returned product' to your shipper. Failure to do so could result in customs fees. Buyer is responsible for return shipping and customs fees.
Upon receipt of the item, intact, we'll issue you a full refund for the original item cost, excluding original shipping cost.
We accept ETSY Direct Checkout for payments.
Order cancellations will not be accepted after shipment.
For on-hand items, shipments will usually be made within 2 business days after receipt of payment.

Items are available for pickup at our studio. Contact us prior to purchase to make arrangements and to avoid shipping costs.

Shipping costs shown on listings are for default shipping methods for Toronto to Vancouver, BC and Toronto to San Francisco, CA. Contact us if you want precise shipping costs and alternatives before ordering. Note that the cost quoted for "shipped with another item" is based on adding a similar size/shape piece to the order. If the actual cost of shipping is lower than the listing by more than $5, we shall refund the difference.

Items are shipped from Toronto, Canada via -
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-- Canada Post Expedited Parcel to USA
-- optional upgrade : Canada Post Xpresspost to USA

Delivery times shown in listings are what Canada Post cites as standard or expected delivery times. We cannot guarantee those times.

Shipment is tracked and insured, has delivery confirmation. Signature required upon delivery in Canada for items over $200, and for all Xpresspost items to USA. Check individual listing for default shipping methods used for that item. Contact us prior to purchase if you prefer a different shipping method.

Stationery items are shipped through regular postal service without insurance coverage, delivery confirmation or signature.

Buyer is responsible for any international customs/duty fees.