the herriott grace film




For 10 days back in 2011
we made a film
about my dad’s role
in HG.
This is a story
about who my father is
and about how he
makes HG possible.
xo, n

posted on June 14, 2012 by Nikole


  1. julie says:

    I’m deeply touched by your close connection to your dad and the mood of this film. thank you, for providing insight!

  2. yay! love it nikole! great work john. love love love. wanna hang with your pops asap haha

  3. Anne says:

    This made my day. I’m going to send it to my dad now. xo

  4. tinder says:

    such a lovely wee film, so insightful and inspiring :)

  5. Carsten says:

    Beautiful movie. So good to see some people still take time and care. It was so wonderful to see the process, the dedication. And we will definitely buy from you again!

  6. Anabela says:

    Oh Nikole, that was so sweet I have tears in my eyes. Your dad is so great!

  7. Julie says:

    Your father is truly a craftsman. It’s so great that he’s able to do what he loves.

    This is wonderful, thank you for sharing! And just in time for Father’s Day.

  8. Shanna says:

    What a special day, friend! It was a joy and a privilege to watch this beautiful peek into the hearts of the Herriotts. Your dad is a dear, just like you! xoxo

  9. Geninne says:

    Absolutely beautiful, touching & very inspiring.

  10. veronika says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for being a great inspiration, your dad is a very sweet man, beautiful film

  11. Melinda says:

    Nikole, that was so beautiful. What a wonderful family you’re a part of. Yay, Herriott’s!

  12. Teresa says:

    Amazing story, amazing craft, amazing people. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Heather says:

    That was such a nice video. I am feeling so inspired write now. Also brings back memories of my home on the island.

    Thanks you.

  14. Pastafrolla says:

    A window in your lives..peaceful and inspiring. Thank you Nikole!

  15. Just watched this again with my 21 year old son who is also an artist. He wants so badly to only do his art (which is music)and not have to have any other type of job. I think listening to your dad explain how there is no road without bumps and that achieving your dreams is possible, you just have to work really hard at it, touched home with him. Your dad is uber cool and so are you and your mom. Thanks for sharing a small piece of yall’s life with us. It was just so beautiful.
    with love,

  16. This is so inspiring, Nikole. Your dad is great, so passionate and talented! So you are! (and John Cullen too!)
    Your connection seems so strong and yeah, I agree: “it can’t get any better!” You have luck (and few lucky beers! ;) ) by your side!
    Thanks for sharing your story.

  17. arounna says:

    I love it
    it turned out beautifully!!!

  18. Rose says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you Nikole and Lance for making the world a more beautiful place.

  19. Trish says:

    What a big day for all of you! Congratulations! It was a treat to watch.
    It’s sweet how similar you sound to your mum, Nikole.
    I love that dads always question daughters’ footwear choices. ;)

  20. Jessica says:

    Absolutely wonderful, moving, inspiring, brilliant…I could go on, and on. You two have something really unique and this film captured it so beautiful. Big congratulations from this neck of the woods…can’t wait to see how you continue to grow HG.

  21. Tricia Rose says:

    I have seldom enjoyed a film so much, just the quiet privilege of observing lives well spent. I shall enjoy your pictures all the more now!

  22. dervla says:

    this was so inspiring. Sitting here watching it in the dark … just a lovely sweet film. Thank you!

  23. This is incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing so much of yourselves with us.

  24. Jenny says:

    This tugged at all my most delicate heartstrings, in all my soft spots. What you and your Dad have is really, really special. That you share it with all of us makes it even more special! xo.

  25. roberta jane says:

    really beautiful nikole!

  26. That was truly beautiful! What a view from your cabin!

  27. Johanna says:

    27mins of lovelyness! Your papa is beautiful and a talented man! You make a wonderful team.
    All our kindest wishes from Belgium x

  28. Nicole says:

    The care, love, and thoughtfulness of what you do is so evident in this film. I loved getting a glimpse into your beautiful world, bumps and all.

  29. Veronica says:

    This was beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  31. Imen says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your father Nikole. It is just like one of those lovely time-honoured packages that come in the post with string tied around…just so. Thank you for sharing with us xx

  32. Leah D. says:

    Nikole (and Lance),

    I just had the most delightful lunch break watching your film! I want more and more stories to be told like this! Thanks for sharing your passion!

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  34. Mariela says:

    Beautiful video, is very lovely to see such a beautiful connection with your father, my husband and I just love the video, amazing and inspiring!, have a lovely day! x

  35. julie says:

    really beautiful film and talent.

  36. julie says:

    beautiful film and talent.

  37. nancea says:

    lovely. lovely. lovely. there is simply no greater joy in life like the joy you feel when you’re doing things you love with the people you love…

  38. Laurence says:

    Watching your movie from Paris is like taking a long vacation and spending some time around your dad !! Everything is peaceful and meaningful..I love it. Thank’s

  39. I really enjoyed this little film about your Dad. It was beautiful, espeially the love and care put into his wood work and his values of the handmade items. Values my Dad taught me, do it first for the love of it. Thank you for sharing your lovely family. x Eileen (milly)

  40. Charlyn says:

    Ohhh Nikole…..I love this very much.
    Looking forward to seeing you sometime soon!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful summer so far.

  41. thecathedral says:

    Amazing film.

    To see the journey of objects and to see how that’s experienced through relationships and collaborations within a family – really a very special thing.

  42. Ariel says:

    I love this! This is so very beautiful.

  43. nadine says:

    nikole . that was the sweetest film i’ve ever watched. it really touched my heart . you have such a lovely bond with your family, nature and traditional craft. really just so sweet . x
    nadine .

  44. Becka says:

    Wow, I really loved this film. It’s so beautiful and really captures the essence of the wood carving and the love your dad has for it all. It’s so nice to see where the beautiful things in your shop come from. Thanks for sharing. Becka. xx

  45. Sasha says:

    oh me, oh my! thank you for sharing this and for better introducing us to your father. he certainly is special and i hope that one day he’ll retire and completely devote himself to Herriott Grace.

    all of the images of trees and spare pieces of wood have made me homesick for Canada. it is a special place, isn’t it? trees, beer and rowboats – i haven’t quite met a place like it.

  46. Shannon says:

    I just want to say how inspired I am by you & your dad’s work. I just saw your beautiful video and it really makes me appreciate what you guys do even more. Just wanted to let you know I just wrote a small blog post on you guys:

    All the best,

  47. Melissa says:

    Wanted to drop a quick note and let you and your father know how inspiring and touched I was. Thank you so very much!

  48. coral says:

    now i’m in my office based in beijing, just finsh watching this film, warm and touched~

  49. Karoline says:

    Great work ! Made me so happy , thank you :)

  50. Nathalie says:

    Dear Nikole,

    Just say congratulations for your work together with your father, for your shop, your fotografs, for the way you do things: with love. The film is just fantastic and I really had to cry several times, it’s so moving. It’s such a beautiful way to work together. And the place where your parents live, oh my god, it’s like paradise :) And I also wanted to say that I’m obsessed with you cakes: everyone of them look soooo great—like an art piece…

    Hugs and I go on this way :)

  51. Mel Summers says:

    Nothing to say but one hell of a beautiful film….Thank you!

  52. Ursula says:

    Thank you for such an amazing inspiration! Passion is the key to this universe!

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  54. Donna says:

    The part where your dad is so happy to get a kiss and rubs it in delightedly was such a touching, human moment. Congratulations on your success, in both love and life!

  55. AVS says:

    Thank you for sharing this film. So inspiring – your father is one of a kind. An absolute gem. x

  56. Yumi says:

    Congratulations on the success of Herriot Grace. And thank you for sharing this beautiful film. I watched this with my husband, who is a woodworker, (now a side hobby and therapeutic past time). It inspired him to spend more time back in his shop and enjoy himself once again! Your father’s pieces are beautiful and your relationship with him is so precious! :)

  57. kara says:

    oh nikole, this is so touching. ive watched bits and pieces of it over the past couple weeks, thinking back to it often and just sat down to watch it from beginning to end. there is so much i love about it. thanks for continuing to do what you do…such a gift by nature.

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  59. Ms. T says:

    What a beautiful film. Makes me want to make stuff. And give my dad a hug, or head-tap :)

  60. kellyb says:

    lovely. made my morning.

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  62. Y says:

    Finally got a chance to see your video. Beautiful!

  63. Alessandra says:

    what a great inspirational film this is. I like your father philosophy, the way he lives his life, so true to himself, that’s a great teaching! thank you so much Nikole for sharing this.

  64. Katherine says:

    I am so touched by this. My dad is also a wood worker and it is his true passion. After working for 35 years he has also finally retired and spends all his time in his workshop doing what he loves.

    So inspiring to see the special relationship you have with him.

    Thanks for sharing

  65. jen goff says:

    So touching and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful process. Your dad is an amazing artist as are you!

    xo jen

  66. theaxx says:

    Uh! Such beautiful work about such beautiful people making beautiful things.
    Your dad (&you!) are just so very inspiring and wondrous at what you do!

    I think the reason the ‘japanese and koreans’ (I think they were quoted by your dad) are such amazing craftsmen is that they master their skills by patiently and slowly working away for a lifetime… honing in on every detail, and working away with patience. Seems to me your dad is just the same. A true craftsman equal to any other.

    A delight to watch. Genuinely.


  67. michelle gd says:

    {finding you via squam…}
    this is beautiful, enchanting. it is quiet magic.
    so happy to have this glimpse…

  68. Kelly Grace says:

    I was in a real crappy mood, until I watched this video about you, your Mom & your Dad (and your dog and baby chickens and that cute cat at the door). It made my day. Thank you. :)

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  70. Ruth Flore says:

    Nikole, I first read about you and your father in Food & Wine Magazine. I just watched this short film and am moved by the devotion to both the craft and to each other. You are blessed. Indeed, inspirational.

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  73. Cath says:

    I’ve only just seen this video, and found it so touching – people try to imitate this kind of life, and way of being, thinking it somehow comes easy – it feels like your Dad has really lived it – his art is obviously from his real heart, which is a very rare thing. And it’s an inspiration for all those whose start in life wasn’t quite so perfect. Wishing you all good things.

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