Established in 2008 by David Sheridan, we use traditional woodworking techniques and a dash of artistry to create custom furniture and cabinetry for both businesses and homeowners throughout Greater Victoria. You may have already seen our work; our commercial clients include Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, the Victoria Golf Club, and Trail Appliances (locally and on the mainland). Our work is also frequently featured in Boulevard Magazine, Spruce, and Modern Home Victoria.

We design commissioned pieces specifically for your project, with your style in mind. David works together with a small team of talented artisans, supported in the day-to-day logistics by his wife, Ros. He is hands-on for every project, right from the first concept drawings through to installation and final touches. From complete house renovations with bespoke built-ins and chef-worthy kitchens, to a single piece of free-standing furniture, we can transform your home with handcrafted pieces built to last generations.

David Sheridan – Owner

I founded Splinters Millworks to serve Vancouver Island with my 30+ years of experience manufacturing the finest quality cabinetry, furniture, and custom millwork for both residential and commercial applications. From contemporary minimalist to intricate traditional designs, I always build from the same foundations: quality, traditional woodworking techniques, and my passion for creating pieces as unique as our clients.

My career started in the UK, where I finished my Advance Apprenticeships Certificate in Shopfitting and Cabinet Making with the London Institute City & Guilds Trade College. Early on, I specialized in prototype building, and worked as a foreman for several major companies within the industry before starting up on my own in 1998.

My passion for backpacking brought me to Vancouver Island in the early 90s, and I always vowed to return permanently. True to my word, I settled here 10 years later, bringing my wife and eldest daughter. Today, I work with a small team of skilled craftsmen in our workshop in Sidney. Whether you’re running your own project, working with a contractor, or have a designer in place, we’re happy to help bring your dreams to life.

Ros Sheridan – Logistics

I’ve always been behind the scenes supporting David with the day-to-day aspects of running the company. Whether you’re starting from scratch or have a clear vision for your project, we can help you hone your ideas into a beautiful, functional design.

Along with my background in business administration within the construction industry, I also have a Diploma in Interior Design, which means I understand the process of producing fine millwork from design to finish. In keeping with our aim to keep the company small and personal, my involvement allows David to do what he enjoys most, which is working with wood.

Apprenticeships

As part of our commitment to investing heavily in training new talent, we’re proud to take part in Industry Training Authority programs at local schools. We provide work experience opportunities and full Red Seal apprenticeships.

In the early 1980s, Dave was lucky enough to receive a rare apprenticeship opportunity with a traditional “old school” firm that still built everything by hand. Like most industries, automation and mass production has taken some of the finesse out of the trade. We aim to pass on traditional skills to the next generation of cabinet makers in Greater Victoria, who will take their passion for fine quality woodworking with them into the future.

Mike Barrodale Completed Apprenticeship with Splinters in 2016

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 a school.  By the time I finished high school I, had my Level 1 in Cabinet Making and was 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 – Completed Apprenticeship with Splinters in 2016

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 Completed Apprenticeship with Splinters in 2017

I started at Splinters in April 2014 and a month later was offered a full apprenticeship. Shortly after that I completed my training for level one at Camosun college and it was all go from there on. 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.

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