Workshop & Design
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265 Petite Riviere Road,  Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia B4V 8W9
Tel/Fax: (902) 693-1544 Toll Free: 1-877-624-4513

In 1997, artists, Tom Alway and Peter Blais acquired an 1840's heritage cape home in Mahone Bay, and began the process of renovating and restoring the house.

Part of the endeavour involved actually designing and building pieces of furniture to complement the historical architecture.  We used as our inspiration the practical and colourful tradition of 19th Century Nova Scotia country furniture.

The house very quickly acquired a reputation as a showcase and friends and neighbours encouraged us to design and build pieces of furniture for their own old house restorations.  An idea emerged for a business.

The Maritime Painted Saltbox Heritage Reproduction Furniture became the business name.  The "saltbox" refers to an architectural style, as well as for the humble painted wooden box containing salt that was a wall fixture in every 19th century kitchen.

In the early years of our efforts, we designed and crafted tables, hutches, storage cupboards, benches, wood boxes, and built them primarily with local pine and used the colourful tradition of painted finishes of Lunenburg County country furntire to complete them.

We showcased these pieces in a gallery setting right, along with our fine art and folk art in our Mahone Bay home. 

We have been making furniture, now, for sixteen years, and during this time transitions in style and look have been made.

In 2005, we moved to Petite Riviere, acquiring a barn and creating a gallery space (four rooms on two floors) to display all our work.  The name was changed to The Maritime Painted Saltbox Fine Art Gallery.  Here you will find Fine Art, Folk Art, and Fun Art, whether it be paintings, whimsical folk creations, or one-of-a-kind art furniture. Everything in the gallery created by ourselves. 

We have continued to create new pices of furniture, still inspired by traditional design, but with an innovative and surprising look. However, within the last two years we have curtailed our furniture making.  We no longer do commissioned work. And we are now focusing on those items which inspiration propels us to create.  Our pages exhibit past and current inventory.

We started here in 1997 in Mahone Bay, creating furniture to complement the historical architecture of this heritage cape.
Bruhm's sawmill just north of Mahone Bay where we found local wide-board pine for our furniture.

The Maritime Painted Saltbox
Fine Art Gallery in Petite Riviere
in 2016


The Maritime Painted Saltbox
All Rights Reserved 2016

Please note: We have begun to curtail our furniture making as we focus more on our visual arts. And we only create new pieces when inspiration propels us. We no longer do commissioned work.