Especially in Vancouver, with its stratospheric rents and real-estate prices, winter skate spots are few and far between. And for carpenters and furniture designers like Beau Kerner, Danny Hagge, Quinn Starr and Craig Johnson, this means that workshop space also doesn’t come cheap. This need for a place to ply their woodworking trades was how Manland was born. “There was a bunch of us who’d finished carpentry school, and after that nobody really had access to a shop or anything,” recalls Beau. “You can rent work space in the city but it’s pretty expensive, you pay by the hour, and you don’t have all your own tools.” So after almost a year of searching, Beau and Craig found the perfect building: a huge old warehouse, right downtown and dirt-cheap.
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