Owner. Carpenter. Woodworker. Custom Furniture Designer.

You might be thinking, "what exactly is an urban carpenter?". Imagine a twenty-something lad with a Honda Fit and second floor apartment in Old Ottawa South with an idea to start a business that met the needs of people living in small spaces with large imaginations. Well, here I am. My name is Aaron van Eeden and I am an urban carpenter.

I have been working in carpentry for over 5 years with experience in outdoor structures and fences, kitchen, basement, and bathroom renovations and let's not forget furniture building. Ask my wife. I built her a king-sized loft bed the first year we dated.

I often felt that my lifestyle was at odds with my career. Most carpenters like to live in rural areas or at the very least in the suburbs to accommodate a large truck and work space.  However, the things that inspire me live in the city. I want to sketch out my designs at the local independently owned coffee shop and celebrate a job well done at the new hole-in-the-wall restaurant in my neighborhood.

My favourite clients are those that enjoy the process as much as the product. So let's put our heads together and make something wonderful for your home or business.



Owner. Brand Manager. Digital Marketeer.

Before joining Your Urban Carpenter full-time, I founded a small branding agency with the goal of helping small businesses & entrepreneurs compete at a higher level with quality branding and marketing practices . Little did I know that when I left said agency I would start another business, with my husband nonetheless. I believe in this brand because it is a complete marriage of Aaron and I. Our living space has always provided us inspiration, comfort, and joy. It's no surprise that we found a shared passion in doing the same for others.

As well as co-heading this beautiful enterprise, I also work as a Creative Fixer at my company Good Attitude. There I help introduce social transparency and authentic business practices to small and large companies alike through brand development, content, and team training. In my spare time I am a speaker, writer, vlogger, and maker of low-budget indie music videos for local musicians.

You can also find me on the advisory committee for CSArt Ottawa, as an Expert-in-Residence at Impact Hub Ottawa, and on the board of directors for the Ottawa Arts Council.

Visit www.tonivaneeden.com to follow my story on social!