Designer & Woodworker. Toronto.

If you have ever tried to construct something out of wood, you will know there is much to consider...grain, hardness, weather conditions, warping, swelling. All that stuff. And then there is the time, precision and MATH. Don't even get me started on the math. It's one thing to be able to carve a wooden spoon (also time consuming to be sure...) but I would say certain breeds of people have what you could call an 'aptitude' for wood working. ie. PATIENCE.  In walks wunderkind bulider/collector/interior architect and founder of design firm William Cahill & Associates, Markian Farkavec. Infused with a deep Eastern European work ethic from his Ukrainian father, Markian has been crafting his own furniture since he was a young pup of only 7 years old, and he sold his first piece (a humble coffee table) at 22. The uniqueness of his style and insane work ethic led him to the most intense of intense programs for environmental design and architecture in Canada at the University of Manitoba. By the time he arrived back in Toronto, diploma in hand, he was no longer working in Junction antique shops and gathering reclaimed wood for freelance projects here and there, he had founded his own design company. WC&A headquarters happens to be in one of the the few un-tapped industrial areas of Dundas West (Not for long, the new MOCCA is going to be popping up across the street in 2017). So I grabbed my dust mask and met Markian there just as he was settling in to see what projects were in conception...

Find out more about William Cahill & Associates here.