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See new furniture pieces and tour my home and workshop 

You are invited to come see new furniture pieces
and tour my home and workshop 
at 4 chemin Mountainview, in Chelsea

Saturday & Sunday, September 28-29
& October 5-6, from 10am–5pm

as part of the Artists in Their Environment Chelsea Wakefield Studio Tour


Come out on a beautiful autumn weekend in the Gatineau Hills to my home 'showroom' and open workshop. I'll have a selection of designs on view including tables, dining chairs, a bed, credenza, lounge chair and shelving system, as well as a variety of accessories and small items for sale.

It's a great opportunity to have a first hand look and my work, try out the chairs, look at various woods and finish options, and get a sense of the design and craftsmanship that I have built my reputation on.

I'd love to show you what I've been working on, what's on the drawing board, and chat with you about your project ideas. I

My home and studio are located at 4 chemin Mountainview, just off the River Rd, in the Cascades area of Chelsea. Take the Chemin de la Riviere exit from Highway 5, go right at the traffic light, then immediately left onto ch. de la Riviere. Mountainview is the second left, #4 is the first home on the right. You can also look for the signs – I'm studio #8 on the tour.

I look forward to seeing you!


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The Chelsea Wakefield Studio Tour

The Artists in Their Environment Studio Tour is a group of artists and artisans who open their studios to visitors over two weekends at the most colourful time in the Gatineau Hills. Our tour features 21 wonderful artists working in various disciplines: painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, video installation, photography, felt, glass, woodwork, furniture and mixed media.

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This is the 31st year of this major regional cultural event which showcases local artists and also gives visitors the chance to experience the extraordinary landscape that makes our part of the country unique.

Go to to find more information about the artists and their work.


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The Cord Chair is featured in Ottawa Magazine's Spring Interiors Issue Sourcebook

Big thanks to Ottawa Magazine and Rafia Mahli for the beautiful feature in the Spring Interiors Sourcebook!


Full text by Rafia Mahli and gorgeous photos by Andrew Szeto below.

The house that woodworker and designer Nick Barna built and lives in—situated in the Chelsea hills—is a living testament to his breadth as a craftsman. Among the many beautiful structures within are an eat-in kitchen complete with a massive island perfect for gathering around; comfy dining chairs with woven cord seats around an airy yet solid dining room table standing on gently tapered legs; and a long, low-slung, white oak credenza with chevron-panelled doors.


Nick takes a door out of the credenza and shows me the crucial detail: carefully inset roller bearings hidden in the base of each door that allow them to slide smooth. Every detail in Nick Barna’s work is thoughtful, nothing is a frill, and function never takes a backseat to form. Look a little closer, and you’ll see whimsy and delight, too: his HiFi Crates elevate the humble plastic milk crate into an object of beauty.


There’s an irony to them that embodies Nick’s ethic: here, a hardwood rendition of a disposable object, both with inherent utility, but Nick’s version more likely to stand up toconstant use and be treasured for years. They also continue a theme found throughout his work, of combining traditional woodworking joinery with contemporary tools and materials.

Each design has a purity and a clarity of purpose. The Cord chairs reference Danish paper cord chairs, replacing the woven seats with colourful military-grade parachute cord. They are “the most technically challenging pieces to make...a chair has to be beautiful and light, but comfortable and strong.”


He is constantly coming up with designs that are “waiting for the right client to come along.” He finds that “my best designs come when a client presents a very specific challenge, but allows me to be creative in designing a solution that works.”

Nick’s work carries a distinct impression of giving something back to people; an ease and a simple, unencumbered pleasure in everyday living.

Nick views his work “as inspired by the way the Shaker and Japanese woodworking traditions viewed their work as an extension of their spiritual beliefs.” He goes on to say “I share with them the idea that honest work and the creation of well-crafted, thoughtful designs—in harmony with the lived environment and unembellished by ego—can be a kind of spiritual practice.”

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Local Press!

Thanks to the LowDown to Hull & Back News for the great feature in the October 4 issue! 
A Chelsea studio where form meets function, and simplicity is key

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