about Arnim

Initially trained and employed as a high-tech electrical engineer, I switched to the world of fine woodworking almost two decades ago.  I am primarily self-taught but continue to pursue occasional tutelage with an elder Benedictine woodworking master in my native country, Colombia.

I create commissions ranging from stately, refined entrance door panels (including a set of sliding doors for the Winter Olympics, housed in the Vancouver Art Gallery), to fireplace mantels, home and naval furnishings, signs, carvings, artistic sculptures and more. My artistry has found homes both locally and abroad.

I have come to understand that all wood has its biography ingrained. Through faithful attention and countless hours of patient craftsmanship, I aim to highlight the unique character of the wood in each of my creations . I believe that the skilled human hand complementing nature’s intrinsic beauty is an indispensable counterbalance to our efficient, modernistic society.

The engineer in me is still fully active; I've been told my attention to design is impeccable. I often incorporate unexpected and curious details such as tokens, hidden odes to the tree and enigmatic treasures. With my customers’ input my pieces become story-telling entities.

I like to be the best “tool” in my workshop, so I continually work to hone my skills at least as meticulously as I do my sharpest carving knife.