Located in Sidney, Splinters Millworks was established in 2008 by David Sheridan and has since then has provided services to a wide range of clients, projects both big and small in the Greater Victoria area, including Sidney’s Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and The Victoria Golf Club. David has manufactured display kitchens for Trail Appliances locally and on the mainland and has his work featured in Boulevard Magazine on several occasions.
Our company philosophy is that not only should your home look great but it should also be built to last. The cabinetry and furniture created in our shop features traditional joinery techniques, such as dovetailing and mortise and tenon joints, which will stand the test of time. We endeavor to create a timeless product which is highly practical and durable, with intricate and eye-catching detail.
At Splinters Millworks, no stock pieces are produced as each piece is commissioned and designed specifically for your home, with your style in mind. This results in an absolute one-of-a kind piece, as unique as you are.
Supported by his wife Ros on the day to day logistics, David works together with a small team in the workshop, the company’s aim is to keep it “small and personal”. David is hands on for every project right from the start, from conception through to the installation and final touches.
David Sheridan – Owner
I have over 25 year experience in manufacturing quality cabinetry, furniture and millwork for both residential and commercial applications. After completing my Advance Apprenticeships Certificate in Shopfitting and Cabinet Making with the London Institute City & Guilds Trade College, I specialized in prototype building and worked as foreman for several major companies within the industry with before starting up on my own in the UK in 1996. My passion for backpacking brought me to Vancouver Island in the early 90’s and I always vowed to return permanently. True to my word I settled here 10 years later bringing my wife and eldest daughter.
Ros Sheridan – Logistics
I have a solid background in business administration within the construction industry and have always been in behind the scenes supporting David with the day to day aspects of running the company. More recently, to help keep up with demand and to serve clients better, I headed back to school and received a Diploma in Interior Design, and am currently a student with the NKBA. With an aim to keep the company small and personal, my involvement keeps David doing what he enjoys most and does best which is working with wood.
With a commitment to invest heavily in training, Splinters Millworks is involved with the Industry Training Authority and local schools, providing work experience placement opportunities through to full Red Seal apprenticeships, and have supported 3 full apprenticeships to date. David was lucky enough to receive a rare apprenticeship opportunity with a traditional ‘old school’ firm which still did everything by hand.
Unfortunately, like most industries, automation and mass production has taken some of the finesse out of the trade. However, we would like to pass on what was taught back in the very beginning and get the next generation of cabinet makers excited about what they are doing.
Mike Barrodale – 2nd Year Apprentice
I first contacted Splinters for work experience in the Summer of 2012 and ended up getting offered a job. With support from Parkland School, I was able to work part time as apprentice whilst finishing high school. Now full time I have my Level 1 in Cabinet Making and I am working towards the next step. I am proud of the work we produce at Splinters and take pleasure in the creative aspect of making custom cabinetry. When I am not at work, I spend my time working on my car.
– SSA Scholarship Award Winner
– Vancouver Island Construction Association Award
– 2014 CARE AWARD Best Apprentice
Tyler Tremblay – 3rd Year Apprentice
I started at Splinters in the summer of 2011 starting part time whist at continuing at high school, when I graduated I already had my Level 2 apprenticeship already under my belt. Working with two great people is the reason I enjoy going to work every day. The reason I fell in love with the trade was because of the final product, from receiving a shipment of rough lumber, to working it into something spectacular. Most of my spare time is spent at Panorama Rec Centre , where I hit the gym and play hockey.
Tyler was featured in the July issue Sea Side Times “Trade Student Spotlight,” see page 14.
– SSA Scholarship Award Winner
Matt Cribdon – 2nd Year Apprentice
I started at Splinters in April 2014 and a month later was offered a full apprenticeship. I completed my training for level one at Camosun college in August 2014 and am now working on my second year. I have enjoyed being able to learn every aspect of the trade while working hands on with the great people at Splinters. In my spare time I like to work out and play various sports including hockey and golf.