Our home since 1985 and the home of Shepherd’s Cottage since 1995
Mike & Debbie
We take pride in knowing our benches are now enjoyed in thousands of homes.
This is the workbench where each and every Memory Bench has been made.
Our history and philosophy.
I made the first bench in 1985 for the birth of our daughter. In 1995 a shift in technology meant a change for us too. My wife and I started this business in rural Markham Ontario, just north of Toronto. It was suggested that I might make some benches like I made for my daughter, for others as well. So for the past 25+ years we have been making benches and our customers have been giving them away.
Most of the things we make are not kept by the person who buys them. They are happy, proud, even excited, to give them away. They enjoy having a part in the gift making process. Even if they can only choose the carving, colour, size or style. The recipient also sees the time, effort and thought that went into the gift.
They feel that their gift will be around for a long time. For a piece of furniture to last in a home it must be more than just well built. It must be wanted and appreciated, given a certain amount of care and even respect. If an item is too large, or too heavy, to to fit into their daily lives, it will not last long. Now if this item is also useful, adaptable and has a personal attachment, either by its association with an event or to the person who gave it to them, it then has a much better chance to survive in the household, and perhaps on into the home of the next generation.
We realise that the gifts we make may not be for everyone. The lure of the big box store with the ability to return or exchange or to send a gift card, is a powerful one, but we have been told that if you take a chance, be bold, and give something that will bring joy and actually say how you feel, you may be handsomely rewarded. If 25 years from now, you go to your friend’s 25th wedding anniversary open house, and in her living room is the bench you gave her on her wedding day, how would you feel?
We wish you well on you quest for a gift that will make you proud.
Mike & Debbie Reilly