About Us

Experience and passion at the core

It all began in 1979, before the tiny town of Canmore became the global mountain culture destination the world knows today. Ernst and Sandra Salzgeber purchased a house they could fix up, with the idea of converting the 600 square-foot garage into a small shop. Soon, the family’s experience, attention to detail and love for finely crafted, long-lasting woodwork were on display for all to see.

Today we occupy almost 13,000 feet of space in Canmore’s Elk Run Industrial Park. Our family and team of quality employees still embody the same dedication to timeless craftsmanship as they did in 1979. Canmore Woodcrafters takes genuine pleasure in bringing the beauty of wood to life in a way that results in practical pieces for businesses, homeowners and lovers of fine furniture. Our timeless pieces are built to last, worthy of passing from one generation to the next.

Our customer service

Built into every product

Quality craftmanship has helped us earn a 40-year-old reputation as one of the best. But that’s just a single part of the customized service that Canmore Woodcrafters promises.

Customers can count on defect-free products and clear communication about design, quality and scheduling. Strong relationships are important to us, and you can always be comfortable knowing your expectations are clearly understood.

Our Community

Donations to Canmore Collegiate High School

Once a year, we comb through every corner of our shop, cleaning and preparing for another year of high productivity. The result is a large collection of unused wood pieces, prefect for a new generation of up-and-coming woodworkers to learn their trade. These pieces are donated to Canmore Collegiate High School and used in student projects.

CTS Woodworking Award

Canmore Collegiate High School celebrates outstanding student achievement with an annual awards night. For the Outstanding Achievement in CTS Woodworking award, Canmore Woodcrafters donates a wooden hand plane made in Germany. It’s a high-quality tool built to last most of a woodworker’s career and is accompanied by an engraved plaque honouring the top student’s success. The cabinetmaking trade continually needs new high-school graduates to join it. We proudly encourage students to pursue our trade by acknowledging their achievements through this award.

Our way of life

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the need for sustainability is easy to see

Visit us, take a look around, and you’ll see that sustainability is always top-of-mind. We recycle 96 percent of our shop waste and, in winter months, 99 percent of all wood waste is used to heat the company’s facilities. Whether it’s making products from reclaimed wood or meticulously considering what materials we’ll use in our processes, we continually seek new ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

Our values

A part of everything we do

Every day, Canmore Woodcrafters’ number one goal is to make the very best products available anywhere. We do that by surrounding ourselves with an amazing team; people who “set the bar” and embody standards we all aspire to live up to.

QUALITY PEOPLE

We strive to be the kind of workplace that attracts good people, who display a positive attitude and treat people right. People who take their health and the health of our planet seriously. We believe in leading by example—but we learn just as much by living up to the ideals of the quality people we work with.

GOING BEYOND

The Canmore Woodcrafters team is committed to going the extra mile for our customers. The pursuit of excellence is key. The best products come from long-term thinking, never making assumptions about a customer’s needs, and a genuine desire to understand and meet expectations from the very beginning.

FLEXIBILITY

The ability to be responsive and adaptive is crucial to Canmore Woodcrafters’ success. We take pride in finding solutions to the problems our customers are trying to solve. We capitalize on our team’s diverse skill sets, and take a calculated yet flexible approach to projects. We demonstrate that same flexibility in the scheduling of that work, listening closely to our customers as we do so.

MINIMIZING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

Living and working in a community where the beauty of nature is visible everywhere, we are inspired to preserve it. This goes beyond our daily practices of recycling everything possible. We create quality products worthy of being heirlooms, products that only need to be built once and won’t need to be disposed of; something all too common in today’s world.

Our Team

Brian

"El Jefe" (the boss)

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Ernst

The founder

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Shandon

Millwork Estimator

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Jack

Project Manager

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Jou

finance & admin manager

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Axel

head of engineering

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Justin

Shop Foreman

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Gustavo

Finish Room Foreman

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Rudi

cabinetmaker

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Martin

cabinetmaker

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Serhii

Cabinetmaker

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Brad

Cabinetmaker

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Mirko

cabinetmaker Apprentice

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James

cabinetmaker Apprentice

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Lucas

CABINETMAKER APPRENTICE

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OUR PARTNERS

Föhn Openings

Founded by Canmore Woodcrafters’ Brian Salzgeber, Fohn Openings specializes in importing energy-efficient, European-style windows and doors that bring another level of quality to homes and businesses.
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Fernie Woodcrafters

Fernie Woodcrafters was established in 2020 as a subsidiary of Canmore Woodcrafters. Owner Brian Salzgeber now resides in Fernie BC, and looks forward to sharing the companies quality craftsmanship and experience throughout the Elk Valley.
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