the herriott grace film – a quick peek

A year ago now,
John Cullen and I
packed our bags
and headed to my parent’s farm
on Vancouver Island.


We had decided only a couple weeks earlier
that we’d like to make a film
about what it is my father does.
About who he is and how he got there.
A film about what Herriott Grace means to him.
And so we did and it was amazing.




In large part,
what we do at HG is possible
because you guys
encourage and support us,
and we think that makes us a pretty lucky pair.
So thank you.




And thank you to John Cullen,
Paul Proux at Stealing Time
and Supplemental Films.
I’m so very grateful.
xo, n





ps: the full version of the film will  be available here on june 14
pps: the images in this post were taken by michael graydon



posted on June 7, 2012 by Nikole


  1. jenny says:

    beautiful. absolutely beautiful. thank you for sharing. xo

  2. Susanne says:

    thank you for this great little film – greetings to your father! warmly r. susanne

  3. Cynthia A. says:

    Happy father and daughter – so nice to see.

  4. Claudine says:

    Hi Herriot, really inspiring video, I am going to share it with my brother in law as he too is a great craftsman and thinks the same as your dad. the video is done beautifully.

  5. So so wonderful.. I can’t wait to see the whole thing.

  6. jana says:

    i’ve been following for eternity
    and you’ve given me so many valuable lessons…
    on life, joy, transformation, appreciation, being grounded… i could go on for hours.
    i think this is the nice moment to say “hi!”
    thank you. keep rolling. <3

  7. Kookie says:

    Nikole, this is utterly beautiful in every way!!!

  8. celine says:

    I remember you talking about it last year, I can’t wait to finally see it! And coming on Fathers Day, too sweet!

  9. Anne says:

    Oh, Nikole! This is so sweet. Your dad’s sentiment about his craft reminds me of my dad’s. Imagine that.

  10. Beautiful.. can’t wait to see more : ) x

  11. emily says:

    oh this is wonderful! i can’t wait to see the whole film. (my herriott grace bowl is one of my prized possessions.)

  12. Ashley says:

    What a beautiful trailer! Your father’s work is incredible and it’s lovely to see the man behind it. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  13. May says:

    This is going to be such a beautiful film, Nikole. A job well done. I’d love to know more about your family, and what has inspired you all your life! Can’t wait!!

  14. A truly delightful tribute, to both of you. Just lovely!

  15. Kelly says:

    Absolutely wonderful teaser. I can’t wait to see the film.

  16. Jaime says:

    Cannot wait to see more- how truly beautiful you (all) are – I love how humble (and wise) your father is

  17. Erica says:

    I love the synergy of your relationship, and insight into how these beautiful pieces are made. Can’t wait for the rest. Thanks for sharing this!

  18. Rebecca says:

    Oh Nikole this looks so sweet and beautiful,
    can’t wait to see more of your dad’s working process in the workshop where the magic happens…!

  19. Trish says:

    How fun, Nikole! I remember you mentioned the video quite a while back; how exciting that you’ll be able to finally share the full version! Looking forward to it. :)

  20. Michelle says:

    Just gorgeous…. and beautiful craftsmanship. I look forward to seeing the rest of the film! :)

  21. Amber says:

    Beautiful, inspiring, honest. You guys are brilliant.

  22. sophie says:

    i just love you guys… i can’t wait for the film!!!

  23. amanda says:

    Absolutely heart warming and enchanting, Nikole.
    I can’t wait to see the rest.
    That last scene was my favourite. :)

  24. kristin says:

    so, so sweet. i look forward to seeing the film :)

  25. arounna says:

    it super fantastic! – lance melts my heart

  26. I cannot wait to see the whole version of the film! The sneak peak is so wonderful, heart-warming, and authentic.

  27. Wonderful, all of it. Really moving.

  28. Anne says:

    What a beautiful morsel of a film and what a grand family. Thank you for this wee vision and I looked forward to the final film.

    I bought one of your children’s rolling pins and gave it to a young family with three wee girls. Upon receiving it, the young mom looked so delighted and kept running her hand over the beauful surface. Well done!

  29. Sun. says:

    Heart warming, honest, and filled with love :-) Can’t wait to see the whole documentary.

  30. woolf says:

    that’s a great little movie there.
    so glad i’ve got sitting in my drawer a cookie cutter from you guys…
    when my kitchen finally materializes, who knows what else of beauty i’ll want. need.

  31. Vicki says:

    So inspiring, thank you.
    I feel even more privileged to have something hand made by Herriot Grace.

  32. Karate says:

    Lovely little film, very cute little moment at the end! Woohoo, Victoria!

  33. Cassandra says:

    I think your work is just beautiful – really looking forward to seeing the whole film. Cassandra

  34. Ursula says:

    Thank you one more time for such an amazing art of creation!!

  35. This is beautiful! Your dad and mother both look so sweet!
    Can’t wait for June 14th!

  36. Catarina says:

    Beautiful, Lindo!
    Hugs from Portugal

  37. It’s a beautiful trailer, I can’t wait to see a whole movie. It seems that you two have a great connection.

  38. abby says:

    worth repeating: beautiful. thanks for sharing and for what you do!

  39. Rose says:

    Oh! Goosebumps! Can’t wait to see it!!!

  40. Paula says:

    Such love and beauty delivered in solely 1 min and 42 sec. Eagerly waiting for the film.

  41. keiko says:

    so lovely and beautiful, can’t wait to see the whole film! xx

  42. incredibly beautiful and moving…thank you.

  43. Jeannie says:

    I’ve been admiring and loving your work for a year now! Your trailer actually made me teary eyed as I thought about my own pops; I can’t wait to watch the whole thing!

  44. Shannon says:

    I am also from Vancouver Island, and went to school at UVic, this video brings me home. You and your father do lovely work.
    p.s. loved seeing the Lucky, definitely a Vancouver Island staple

  45. joy says:

    congrats lady! so beautiful – can’t wait to see the whole film!

  46. Ali says:

    That is very special indeed – now I know why your stuff feels like it has soul. It does.

  47. Sharon Draws says:

    Beautiful! found you via JustB Australia and Design Sponge, what a wonderful world we live in.

  48. Andrea says:

    This warms my heart..i can’t wait to see the whole video.

  49. carissa says:

    This preview looks so interesting, already. Cant wait for the whole film! Beautiful imagery. I love the little I know of your father/daughter story.

  50. Haley says:

    Thank you for sharing this beauty with the world.

  51. Carrie Minns says:

    Such lovely father/daughter moments. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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  53. Mariela says:

    Thank you for sharing, is absolutely beautiful!! x

  54. cara says:

    aww. i cannot wait. you’re one of my favorite blogs to internet lurk. your story has so much heart. thanks for sharing!

  55. daniela says:

    this the short trailer conjures up all sorts of love for me……for artist, for family, for creating, for being true to oneself. i’m so looking forward to the whole film. thank you for letting us in and inspiring our spirits!

  56. Helen says:

    I can’t wait to see the full film. It feels very heart warming.

  57. Michelle says:

    Oh how beautiful! It made me a little teary.

  58. Tiffany says:

    what a beautiful tribute. can’t wait until tomorrow.

  59. Deborah says:

    This warms my heart. Thank you for sharing.

  60. Inspiring. Beautiful. It’s very moving that he was so humble, didn’t really regard himself as a craftsman and that his work has been so well received, proving that he is in fact a great craftsman. I pine for the things in your shop…they’re heirloom quality. Can’t wait to see the rest of the film and am even more excited for the workshop in August. You & your father’s work is truly some of the best out there in my opinion. And the internet has it’s massive down sides, but I think it’s very cool that I can live and work in Tennessee and still discover a man’s work from Vancouver Island!

  61. Lucie says:

    This trailer is great Nikole!!

  62. marita says:


    I’ve loved you style for ages. Your images are really inspiring and then I watched this film and it finishes with a still of Hornby Island. Where does your father live? Qualicum? This is where I’m from only now I live in England and it has made me very homesick.
    Thank you.

  63. Heather says:

    Amazing. For two reasons. Your dad is clearly awesome, straight through to his core. The second reason is -good on you- for supporting your dad and believing in him and showing him that the world appreciates his views and ideas. My heart is warmed.

  64. Deon says:

    Hello from Australia! Such a beautiful short film. From love, comes wonderful things!

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    Inspiring – a story worth hearing…

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  69. Sam Brown says:

    Lovely video, I’d envy this guy even if I was rich, I do envy him and I spend my days making furniture. He’s so right about the value of his work.

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