Works of Wood

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Years ago Bancroft Window and Door Factory, owned by Matt Ireland, was a thriving enterprise employing over 20 people. Different varieties of wood were kiln-dried, made into beautiful windows and doors, and finished on the site of the current Thrift Warehouse in Bancroft. Fast forward to today. SIRCH Community Services, a charity committed to creating social programs and employment, put together a training program and potential business in Bancroft, called “Works of Wood.” Works of Wood is located at Thrift Warehouse (beside Kawartha Dairy) which is a social enterprise run by SIRCH.

In addition to producing beautiful, high quality products out of reclaimed wood, Works of Wood trains unemployed youth and adults in basic carpentry skills. Don Zilstra, a former instructor at Durham College, leads our carpenters in the art and excellence of these handmade wood products. Most are made from pine from the old Bancroft Window and Door Factory. Some, like the pine used for the harvest tables, is beautifully weathered and the finish brings out amazing striations of colour. Or you can choose to have the pine dyed with analine dyes which produce rich, bold colours which are less likely to fade than stains.

obelisk  Picture this obelisk in your garden, festooned with morning glories or climbing scarlet runner beans! Or use it as a beacon on your dock. It stands 6’ 5” tall, with a post cap solar light on top (that has an 8 hour running time).

critter box  The 1.5” thick tongue and groove pine “critter-proof box”* is nearly indestructible. It is 47” wide x 23” deep x 36” high. It can also be custom made to any size you need. With a friction lid and latch, it keeps its contents safe and dry. It will hold 2 large garbage cans or works well for recycling, a deck box, a storage box and many other uses. (*Now we don’t make any guarantees that an upset bear wouldn’t get in this box, but certainly squirrels, dogs, cats, raccoons and other smaller critters won’t be able to lift the lid and it’s solidly made so if something rips it apart, we’d be thinking ‘Sasquatch’!)

rain barrel  The Works of Wood rain barrel is not only functional, it’s a gorgeous showpiece. Made of 1.5” thick tongue & groove pine it stands 37” high x 30” round. A plastic drum holds 45 gallons of water. A screen and removable lid keeps out debris, critters and insects. A brass spigot is high enough for a watering can to fit under, and an overflow pipe can easily attach to a run-off hose.

harvest table  Have you always wanted a Harvest Table? Well, Works of Wood made this one from live-edge reclaimed pine (7’ x 36” x 1.25”). You can order this standard size, or your own custom size.

These and other Works of Wood products can be viewed in our catalogue at this link: WoW catalogue. You can also contact us at 705-457-1742 or by email to to place your order. Or drop into Thrift Warehouse Bancroft at 29556 Hwy 28 and watch the production in action!



  1. Penny Cook says:

    The Works of Wood products look wonderful. I must drop in some day soon. Will share your catalogue with my friends and daughters. The picture of the room, with the harvest table, looks familiar to me. My family had a cottage/home on Mink Lake, and the window, door, etc., brought back memories. Wonder if this is the same place.

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