Location: Burnaby BC
Member since: 2010
Neno Catania is a resident of Burnaby BC, raised near the Still Creek area. Working the medium of wood has been a part of his everyday life since the early 1980s. He started working as a hardwood tradesman. Here, he began to develop his wood working skills as an apprentice. On slow days, he was inspired to build wooden boxes from scrap cuttings of Oak flooring. After spending many hours reading woodworking magazines and books at the public library. Acquiring all that knowledge, Neno developed techniques creating unique sculptural Band saw boxes made from highly figured woods. It was in 1994, when he purchased his first lathe to learn the craft of wood turning, from viewing how- to videos, attending woodturning demonstrations at the annual woodworking shows. Neno joined the Greater Vancouver Wood turners Guild at their first club meeting 1999, was a paid member for 10 years. His turning skills accelerated through hands on demos, watching techniques during the course of invited demonstrators. He was an instructor at The Joint Woodwork School in Vancouver teaching wood turning skills from beginner and advance class. During years of 1997 to 2018 he appear in solo, group exhibitions, Juror for craft section and public demonstrations on Granville Island for Canada Day 1999-2004 He loves working that beautiful natural living material wood, as his primary medium. My passion is to create wood art to be functional and decorative. It’s a thrill when I cut into a green log and find what is behind the bark of a tree. Over the years my goal is to produce wood forms in simple classic shapes inspired in nature. I take an environmental approach in my woodworking by using reclaimed-fond wood. Cut rounds come from tree removal, wind fall, the Vancouver parks board. I use local woods such as Big Leaf Maple, Birch, Alder, Elm, Cherry and Burls when available. Caring for wood, do not let your salad bowl soak in water, never put in a dishwasher, oven or microwave. The only care required to keep your pieces beautiful is a gentle washing of food bowls in warm soapy water and toweling dry. When the wood becomes dry, apply a coat of mineral oil or beeswax salad bowl paste. For my boxes and decorative bowls, simply dust them regularly. Leaving a wooden piece in direct sunlight or near a heat source is not recommended.
I love working with wood that natural material as my primary medium. My passion is to create wood art to be functional and decorative. It’s a thrill when I cut into a green log and find what is behind the bark of a tree. Over the years my goal is to produce wood forms in simple classic shapes inspired in nature.