FLO Hardwoods is a Canadian company operating out of Essex County Ontario that was founded by Steve Pomerleau in May of 2013. The focus of FLO Hardwoods is salvage, reclamation and sustainably sourced or 'end of life' raw materials from urban and rural areas. Often a byproduct of development or natural forces the materials we salvage were destined for firewood or landfills. Trees provide 82% of the worlds oxygen and have provided humanity with an abundant resource that has helped us evolve to where we are today. For this reason it is our mission to give these pieces a second life. A 'resurrection of nature' if you will, where we artistically pay respect to the natural beauty of the ever diminishing trees of our natural world.
STEVE POMERLEAU | Wood Architect
As a lifelong artist/craftsmen and 20 years as a full time professional photographer, Steve decided it was time to take his lifelong appreciation of trees and manifest this passion for their preservation. At the age of 12 Steve began with small woodworking projects and slowly developed his design and fabrication skills with various materials and mediums over the years. Wood has always been his favored material. The uniqueness of the grain, as well as the shapes that are created by Mother Nature appeal to his creative mind. Steve's passion for architecture and design also play a significant role in the preference of wood as a building medium. Steve believes that trees have truly amazing architecture; the forces and elements they can withstand are second to none.
TOM MAILLOUX |
A retired Chrysler Canada employee, Tom has focused his life on creating and building from an early age. With 30+ years of experience in furniture restoration and finishing, he has a wealth of knowledge that backs his passion for creating wood artifacts. Tom believes that every piece of wood has its own unique grain characteristics. He feels that wood is a very warm medium that is always different and sometimes even remarkable to work with. The ability to harvest a tree at the end of its life cycle and transform it into something useful to mankind, or even something that has 'art-in-utility' is something he takes tremendous pride in.