• A Visit to The Littledeer Workshop: Part 1

     

    Right around the time that Mia and I were assembling the pieces of the puzzle that would eventually become Archer Hard Goods, I published a brief ode to Littledeer® Fluid Dynamic Cooking Paddles on my blog.  Recently, we were invited to visit Tom Littledeer and his wife Sharron Wall at their property in Carignan, Quebec to have lunch, talk about quality and tour their workshop: we eagerly accepted.

    Littledeer is first and foremost a family affair.  Tom learned woodworking and building while apprenticing to his father who was a machinist and craftsman.  A love for cooking came courtesy of his mother ‘Baka' who – even now – can be found harvesting fruits and vegetables from the vast gardens on the property or preparing food in the kitchen of the main house.  A massive brick oven looms in the courtyard where friends are invited to congregate and food and laughter are often shared.  The lines where workspace and family space meet are almost non-existent here: as are the normally perceptible distinctions between owners and employees.  Littledeer staff are like family and come and go from the office and workshop with a casual ease that belies the presumption most would make about a place turning out product that is made with such precision and commitment to quality.

    Family is the stage on which the dance between design, invention and environmentalism happens at Littledeer and the property is a reflection of just that.  Prototypes can be found everywhere in the house and workshop and there is a constant creative drive that is fuelled by a commitment not only to functional perfection but to conservation as well.  Nature informed the design of the first fluid dynamic cooking implement (The Pot Scoop®) which started out as a prototype for a redesign of the traditional canoe paddle.  Today nature informs the company’s practices which are heavily bent toward sustainability.  Recycling is a priority here and virtually every scrap of wood generated during production is used to build jigs, create new prototypes or is transformed into sawdust and used for compost in the gardens.  The property runs on solar energy from photo-voltaic cells installed on the main house and Tom and Sharron contribute a percentage of their annual profits to earth-friendly organizations via their Ecodrummers® initiative.

    We have been Littledeer devotees for over ten years and our fluid dynamic cooking paddles are among the most well-used and beloved tools in our kitchen.  The quality of the product is clear the minute you handle it; what we were delighted to discover on our visit is that the quality of the people behind the product is equally impressive.  We are extremely proud to be a part of the Littledeer family and look forward to sharing their products with you.

    Recently, we were invited to visit Tom Littledeer and his wife Sharron Wall at their property in Carignan, Quebec to have lunch, talk about quality and tour their workshop: we eagerly accepted.

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