HASK studio offers sustainable bench-made functional art that is designed and created from beginning to end by a single individual - Henry Alan Steven King. This Bahamian-Canadian artist and craftsman, currently residing in Prince Edward Island, Canada, creates his unique pieces with exotic wood cut offs he sources from a local mill. His functional art not only looks stunning, but also has a small environmental footprint, so each piece provides an eco-conscious option in a luxury product.
"Ethical forestry is something I strongly believe in. I obtain my wood from a local lumber mill that is committed to sustainability and renewable harvesting practices.
Trees are removed during the end of their natural lifecycle, allowing the new growth to thrive. This creates a complex, multi-age forest that is better suited to withstand natural disasters, pests and disease.
The mill is also environmentally responsible. Scrap is used to provide heat for the business facilities as well as to dry the lumber, thereby reducing the dependency on fossil fuels. Shavings and sawdust are used for livestock bedding and to line local walking trails. Nothing goes to waste during the lumber production process.
By using locally sourced materials instead of importing wood from other geographic regions, I reduce my overall environmental footprint. Prince Edward Island is blessed with a wide range of amazing tree species, each with their own unique grain, texture and colour, including: Curly Maple, Spalted Ash, Red Oak, Jack Pine, Eastern Cedar, Larch, Walnut, American Beech, Elm, Birdseye Maple and Trembling Aspen. The varieties provide me a wonderful canvass to work with."