Gabhan Gibson, Founder and Owner

The founder and owner of Gibson Greenwood, Gabhan Gibson has been professionally designing and building custom millwork since 1984.

Formally trained in the fine arts, Gabhan studied in Italy and Toronto, graduating with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design.  His education continued with a residency at the distinguished Banff Centre for the Arts.

With over three decades of experience as a craftsperson and cabinetmaker, Gabhan employs and works with a small team of skilled woodworkers and collaborates with some of Canada’s most creative architects and designers.  

He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

Gintautas Neumann, Cabinetmaker

Since 2002 Gint has been providing Gibson Greenwood with his expertise and talent as a master craftsman.  With over two decades of experience in the trades, Gint's formal training was in the arts, graduating from the Ontario School of Art and Design and winning the Odette Sculpture award for Bronze Casting. 

In addition to his work with Gibson Greenwood, Gint has been part of summer faculty at the Haliburton School of the Arts, and has worked as a guest fabricator at Ryerson University's program of furniture design.

Outside the woodshop, Gint sings bass in the Toronto Lithuanian Chorus and is an epicure at heart. 

Margaret Pryde, Cabinetmaker

Margaret Pryde is an award-winning cabinetmaker whose work has been featured in the Canadian Women's Design Show, the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, and Toronto's Now Magazine.
Margaret is an honours graduate of the Conestoga Cabinetmakers Apprenticeship program as well as Sheridan College's School of Craft and Design.  

With Gibson Greenwood since 2010, Margaret has over 20 years of experience as a cabinetmaker and fine woodworker.
 

Tsegaye Eshete, Cnc operator

Tsegaye has been with Gibson Greenwood since 2004 as the company's lead machine operator and one of its senior cabinetmakers.  He holds an advanced diploma in woodworking from the Bahir Dar Polytechnic in Ethiopia.

His other interests include his work with DevXchange, a Canadian charity focused on global humanitarian projects, and volunteer work with his local church.  

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mark finnegan, Cabinetmaker

With dual advanced diplomas in both the visual creative arts and craft and design, Mark joined Gibson Greenwood after studying at Sheridan College Institute of Technology.  He has a strong background in furniture refinishing and design, and brings his wealth of skills to the team at Gibson Greenwood.

When not in the shop, he enjoys spending time at his cottage on Georgian Bay.

lucas baker, project manager

Lucas Baker is a dedicated professional with over 15 years of experience in woodworking, design and project management.

An honours graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Lucas' knowledge of drawing, material aesthetics and manufacturing processes informs his approach to customized production.

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JAMES KETT, estimator

James Kett is an honours graduate of both York University's Visual Arts and Humber College's Industrial Woodworking Technician programs.

Joining Gibson Greenwood in 2016, James brings experience from both the practical and administrative sides of the industry, including having been on faculty with Humber College's Continuing Education Woodworking program.

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Yannick Althoff, Cabinetmaker

Yannick grew up in Osnabrück, Germany, graduating in 2012 from a 3-year cabinetmaker’s apprenticeship. He spent the next 4 years gaining additional experience at the same shop, including completion of a 2-year cabinetmaker MA program. In 2016 Yannick came to Toronto on a work visa, and enjoyed working with the team at Gibson Greenwood for almost a year. Afterwards he and his girlfriend traveled around Canada before returning to Germany. 

Yannick’s free time pursuits include motorcycling and traveling. Currently he works as a master cabinetmaker in his home country, and would be delighted to return to GG whenever it is possible!  

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benedikt sicking, cabinetmaker

Benedikt Sicking is a German cabinetmaker who joined our team in January 2018, and plans to work in Canada for at least one year in order to experience the Canadian industry.

Following his completion in 2012 of the Realschule training program (Coesfeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen), he undertook a 3-year apprenticeship; during this time he worked for 3 weeks in France on an exchange program. Later on he worked as a journeyman for almost 3 years, traveling throughout Germany.

In his spare time, Benedikt enjoys tennis, biking, running and attending metal music festivals. Additionally, he plays the drums in the "Feuerwehrkapelle Darfeld" (local marching band of the fire brigade).

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ulrich thauer, cabinetmaker

Ulrich grew up in Germany, where he apprenticed as a cabinetmaker for 3 years. Following these studies, he perfected his craftsman’s skills at his father’s fine cabinetry company, working with architects and building custom-designed furniture.

In 2013 he attended an 18-month master program in Wood and Design at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, further expanding his skills in fine furniture construction and interior design; and spent his evenings independently teaching carpentry.

In his spare time, Ulrich undertakes volunteer firefighting, and enjoys running, biking and skiing.

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amy lyon, cabinetmaker

Amy graduated in 2012 from George Brown College’s Building Renovation Technician program. She worked for 6 years in carpentry and furniture-making, before joining the team this year at Gibson Greenwood. Building fine furniture is her passion, and she would like to continue to gain experience in this field.

Amy’s other interests include playing softball, and filling her life with long walks, music, poetry, and art. 

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mary duthie, technologist

Raised on Salt Spring Island, BC, Mary Duthie is a recent honours graduate of George Brown College’s Architectural Technology program. Her expertise is in architectural drafting and photorealistic rendering, using CAD and graphic design software. She is also very interested in sustainable building strategies and is an Emerging Green Professional member of the Canadian Green Building Council, currently studying to obtain her LEED GA accreditation. 

Mary lives in Toronto with her partner Paul, and their cat Elaine; her spare time pursuits include cycling and rock climbing.

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Maximilian Grün, cabinetmaker

Max is from Vienna, Austria. His initial training was at a higher vocational school, with a focus on tourism and economics; having completed this program, however, he decided to go into cabinetmaking in order to be able to work with his hands. He then undertook a successful 3-year apprenticeship at Krumböck GmbH, in lower Austria. This was followed by an additional year of work for the same company. Max is interested in the construction of custom-made fine furniture, aiming to gain as many excellent practical skills as possible, and perhaps to work one day with his family’s cabinetmaking business.

In his free time, Max likes traveling and sports, including soccer, cycling, hiking, and snowboarding. 

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BENJAMIN touchet, cabinetmaker

Benjamin grew up in Cholet, France. He completed a 2-year apprenticeship with the school Les Compagnons du Devoir, and the next 6 years he was a journeyman, working in France; and lived for one year in Sydney, Australia, honing his cabinetmaking and English skills. He taught in Marseille at Les Compagnons for 2 years, before deciding to come to Toronto for a different foreign work experience and to continue improvement of his spoken English.

When he’s not in the shop, Benjamin spends his time drawing, playing sports and of course, travelling.

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simon vincent ficker, cabinetmaker

Simon grew up in eastern Germany, in the city of Dresden. At the age of 18, he travelled to India, where he spent more than a year teaching woodworking to disabled children at the Prerana Waldorf school in Hyderabad. He continued his volunteer work in India for several years afterwards, taking tools and materials with him and conducting workshops for a couple of months a year. During this time Simon was also working as a woodworking teacher at the Waldorf school in Dresden. He lived and worked in Berlin for 4 years undertaking a cabinetmaking apprenticeship, while also working part-time at a techno-music club. Following the successful completion of the apprenticeship, Simon worked as a journeyman.

In addition to cabinetmaking and teaching, Simon has a great love for the composition of electronic music, and spends his weekends whenever possible in Detroit, forging relationships within the music scene there. He is interested in eventually becoming a woodworking teacher to prisoners, in order to give them a worthy profession.

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jeremy morkos, cabinetmaker

Jeremy grew up in Sydney, Australia. He first obtained a university degree in Communications and Design, before turning to a certificate in carpentry and joinery at TAFE NSW, an Australian vocational education and training institution. A 4-year long apprenticeship in Sydney with carpentry and joinery company Top Knot enabled him to gain extensive work experience, both commercial and residential. This was followed by a 2-year period of residential-based work with another Sydney company, North South.

Jeremy came to Canada hoping to grow and expand his knowledge of life and work in a different country. In his spare time he likes travel, soccer and reading.