The greatest priority of our business is to steward our local and global environment responsibly. From choices of where and when to forage for wildcrafted items, to where we source our ready-made supplies, to how we package our pieces, we are constantly working toward better and more sustainable practices.
The vase majority of the bark I use in my jewelry comes from birch, poplar, and aspen trees which grow in abundance at our family property on Commanda Lake, and make up a large portion of the 110 acres, along with marsh, creek, swamp, and meadow.
Birch shed their bark as they grow, dropping it to the forest floor, while aspen and poplar bark is gathered from the rotting logs of fallen trees. Great care is taken to disturb these microenvironments as little as possible when I forage, as rotting logs can house sensitive species such as salamanders.
Porcupine quills are a truly unique find in the wild. At our family property in Restoule, we have multiple porcupine dens where we’re able to find quills in small numbers.
Because of the nature of a porcupine’s growth, large quill finds are, unfortunately, usually a result of mortality (road mortality being the most common, followed by vet-acquired quills, and farmers carrying out pest control). No porcupines are ever harmed for the purpose of these necklaces, and every effort is made to make use of an entire animal when it loses its life.
Chain & Findings
All of my gold-filled chains & findings are supplied by a Toronto-based company and made around the globe (mostly the U.S.) in ISO certified factories which pay their employees living wages. I am working to source my antiqued bronze metals from a Canadian-based company (currently I’m supplied from China, Japan and the U.S.).
All metals have a base of brass or iron and are free of nickel, lead and cadmium.