Local Creative No. 1: Ashley from Corridor Candleholders
Posted by Monica Nagowska on
MEET ASHLEY FROM CORRIDOR CANDLEHOLDERS WHO HANDCRAFTS GEOMETRIC AND LIVE EDGE CANDLE HOLDERS FROM UPCYCLED MATERIALS OUT OF SQUAMISH, BC.
What is your story?
My personal story is filled with lots of quirky traits and adventures as well as volunteer farm animal rescue. My biggest adventures include, solo bike touring from Canada to Mexico as well as Victoria, BC to Thunder Bay, ON. Since moving to Squamish, I have also started trail running, including my first ultra marathon, the 2019 Squamish50. I also volunteer for an organization that transports neglected farm animals to farm sanctuaries and most recently was able to foster a piglet, who still melts my heart just thinking about the little guy.
What inspired you to start your business and/or how did you get started?
Since moving to Squamish three years ago, we decided that since we now have a garage, that we would take on building all of our furniture from scratch and using upcycled materials whenever possible. This includes our bedside tables to our nine foot live edge dining room table. Starting out with very little tools or knowledge and overtime with some trial and error, we fell in love with the building, finishing and the creativity process. This is where the inspiration of making candle holders came from and of course we continue to stick to using upcycled materials as much as possible.
What does a typical day look like?
A typical day includes sawing, sanding and finishing as well as delivering orders and coming up with new ideas.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Having the flexibility in my schedule to enjoy the Squamish trails.
Life motto you live by?
You can fail at what you don't love so you might as well take the chance at doing what you do love!
What is it that you love about where you live?
I love being surrounded by mountains and forests as well as that small town feel.
What is next for your business?
As mentioned we have built, I would say 75% of our furniture. It would be great to have candle holders as a starting out point and move into larger custom projects.
FOLLOW ASHLEY'S IG @CORRIDOR.CANDLEHOLDERS