stacy beamer

stacy beamer

Bowen Island artisan and builder STACY BEAMER was born in the 1960s in the British Columbia Interior. Stacy grew up on a small family farm in the Fraser Valley, and at fourteen, he began following the path his father and grandfather had taken into the civil construction industry.

In his twenties, Stacy built an impressive career as the superintendent managing large infrastructure projects in British Columbia's Lower Mainland, notably the Deltaport Container Terminal and West Coast Express transit stations, among many others. As a young man he travelled the world extensively and spent time in Singapore, South East Asia, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, before returning to Canada to start a family.

In 1998, in his early thirties, Stacy decided he needed a big change so he quit his construction job and the next day relocated his wife and children to Bowen Island. In the process of unwinding from his previous life, Stacy began to discover his artistic talents. He bought a welder and began making garden gates and other small local projects. In the process he discovered his real love for interior and hard landscape design, as well as sculpture, and what he calls his "guerilla art" which can be found in various places around Bowen Island.

Since those early days Stacy has developed his distinctive whimsical style incorporating steel, rock, wrought iron, and wood, as well as found local materials, into an expansive portfolio of unique large and small-scale pieces; from gates and railings to garden fences, to 100 foot bridges of wood and iron, and a stunning 2600 square foot green home. Stacy believes in creating functional art and uses the hands-on trade skills he learned in the construction industry to showcase the natural beauty of his materials and bring his concepts to life.

daniel waefler

daniel waefler

DANIEL WAEFLER was born in the 1960s in the British Columbia interior to first generation Swiss-Canadian parents. Daniel spent his teenage years working alongside his father, a woodworker, and so began his life-long passion for art and design.

At twenty, Daniel moved to Switzerland to explore his family's roots. After completing the army training required of all Swiss citizens, Daniel got a job as a bartender trainee at one of Europe's most exclusive hotels, The Dolder Grand in Zurich. Over the next two decades, Daniel started a family, and moved between Canada and Zurich, bartending and exploring a variety of vocations, from an irrigation business, to multi-media production, and certification as an english teacher.

Since moving to Bowen Island in 2010, Daniel has worked closely with high school friend Stacy Beamer to build the workshop and gallery space they share in the heart of Snug Cove, and has assisted in the creation of many of Stacy's projects. Daniel is inspired by the use of found vintage materials to build multi-functional furniture and art which have a history, and which will be enjoyed for generations.