Boreal Workshop is a Manitoba family business that hand makes fine jewellery and functional art objects. Tanis Thomas is a member of Ochekwi-Sipi Cree Nation (Fisher River) with Cree & Red River Metis ancestors from the Interlake and Grand Beach Regions of Manitoba, and the proud owner of Boreal Workshop. Her education in art began at a young age and training has mainly been self led, most recently studying traditional copper smith techniques and the history of jewellery making. The head jeweller and lapidary/gemologist is Canadian, of English and French ancestry, with roots in Winnipeg and the Manigatogan/Long Lake area of Manitoba. An accomplished metal smith and lapidary, he was first introduced to lapidary at a young age by parents and grandparents, and has studied gemology with the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).
“Our work is hand made in Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada. We cut and facet our own gemstones using select rough sourced from around the world. The metalwork we produce is handmade, typically in copper, silver and gold. We use local sources and distributors where possible, and consider sustainability and the environment.
We take pride in the fact that our pieces are created in a broad range of sizes and styles to suit our clients needs and preferences. As our pieces are created in our workshop from start to finish, we stand behind the quality of our work and gladly replace or repair any defects in workmanship. Our work is inspired by a variety of sources and design considerations include context, beauty, weight, comfort, and function.”