Photo by   Substance YYC

Photo by Substance YYC

The Beginnings

Bow River Rustic started out as a solution to a problem. My wife and I had just bought our first home and were in the market for furniture...a lot of furniture. Our solution was to design and build our own furniture from scratch so that we knew we were getting exactly what we wanted as we slowly turned our house into a home. The response from friends and family was so encouraging that we moved from making products for ourselves to taking custom orders. This was the beginning of the BRR.  

The real shift was in 2016 when Eddie and Phil teamed up to start building and designing custom furniture for families in Calgary. It was an easy partnership as they were connected by their love for four things – grounds, grains, whisky and friendship (which are found in some combination in the shop every day). We have definitely had our ups and downs and there have been some challenges along the way, but then we remember the simple goal that we set out for ourselves – to have fun and pursue our passion of connecting Calgarians through our work. As long as we’re doing that, it's a good day in the shop.

Community and Support

From the beginning, Bow River Rustic has been built by community. When Phil and I created our name, we wanted to ensure that it embodied the incredible connection that people have with one another throughout the city. To us, the Bow River is one element of the city that we believe truly embodies the essence of community. 

When we started making custom furniture we honestly had no idea what to expect. However, we have been blown away by the support and encouragement that we have received throughout the city, especially in the community of makers. Being involved in a close-knit community of like-minded individuals and businesses who continually look out for one another and encourage each other has been an incredible experience and has inspired us to keep growing and pushing ourselves to try new things. We are so grateful for the support that we have received along the way.

We are humbled by the support that we have received and are excited to keep expanding our little wood shop. Our goal is to continue to expand our knowledge and push our limits. We are always up for a challenge!