Frequently Asked Questions

Do you still offer workshops?

Yes!  We have made some changes to our workshop schedule, but they are still a very big part of who we are at studio50.  We are passionate about creating beautiful furniture and housewares and hosting workshops allows us to share that passion with our friends in the community on an accessible scale.  It is such a gift to watch our clients engage in the transformation process of a block of wood (for example) becoming a gorgeous piece of functional art, and we hope that people leave feeling inspired.  To view our full workshop calendar, just click on the “Events” tab.  We look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon.

Do you have a storefront?

We have built a beautiful new studio on our property that will serve as a showroom and meeting place for future clients.  We built our home with our own hands (practically from the ground up) and we are proud to share this space with our clients.  By welcoming our clients into our personal space, it allows them to gauge who we are and what our aesthetic is in a very real environment.  We aim to deliver furniture and furnishings that will bring warmth and comfort to peoples’ homes, and what better place to begin that process than in a home built with love?

I love the look of your furniture, but will it hold up to wear and tear over time?

Absolutely!  We build with strength and durability in mind.  Steve, who has an engineering background, is a little…shall we say…obsessive about structure and stability.  Our pieces are created to be used, and will stand up to a herd of elephants, ahem, children.  And we specifically choose finishes that don’t require the laborious process of stripping and re-finishing if they become scratched.  Your piece will freakin’ last forever!

Can you tell me about your finishes?  Are they environmentally safe?

We do our very best to select finishes for all of our products that are responsible choices, have minimal environmental impact, and fall in line with our green vision.  For more information about our product finishes, please visit our “Product Care” page.

Is Walnut safe for use as a working surface during food preparation?

The short answer: YES!

And here is the long answer.   Anybody could have an allergic reaction to natural and/or synthetic materials at any time. Walnut and any other species of wood is no different. While it is true that the black walnut tree contains a substance known as juglone, which is detrimental to certain surrounding plants and is unsafe for horses, there have been NO scientific studies showing that walnut wood is unsafe for use during food preparation.  Juglone is most highly concentrated in the roots, leaves, and nut husks of the walnut tree, and is minimal within the wood itself.  The wood used in making cutting boards has been kiln dried and treated with board butter, which acts as a sealant and protectant.  Additionally, juglone it is not water soluble.  So, if a trace amount was to make it past the sealant barrier (unlikely), it would be very difficult for juglone to absorb into food being cut on a walnut cutting board.  Walnut has been used safely for centuries in food preparation, as cutting boards, bowls, spoons, etc., and there is no evidence that it causes human harm.  We personally have been using a walnut cutting board in our home for well over a year with no ill-effects to our family, extended family, or friends.  So, unless you are a horse or have a known allergy specific to walnut wood, it is perfectly safe.

Do you ship internationally?

We ship our housewares internationally, and our furniture within Canada.

Do you deliver?

Well, that depends on where you live!  We generally use a freight company to ship large pieces of furniture, but we are happy to discuss local delivery on an individual basis.

What are your business hours?

Due to the nature of our business, our studio hours are by appointment.  Feel free to call, email, or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment!