Kallie Williams has always been interested in art, but it wasn’t until 2014 that she and her then-husband really chased the dream. They began Kalex Custom Carvings Ltd in Fort McMurray, specializing in woodworking. Williams and her family relocated to Edmonton after the 2016 fire in Fort McMurray, and had to re-establish their business.
Growing up with two professional chefs as parents meant that for Williams, family time was mostly eating food or playing board games. And Williams was never one to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Her love for board games extends into her work too. Kalex Custom Carvings is known for its cribbage games, sequence and rummoli.
Williams works solely with maple. “It screams Canadian,” she says. “It carves cleanly and I just love the finish.”
Board games are on the rise, and Williams says she is busier now more than ever with orders coming in from all over Canada and the United States.
For people wanting to chase their passions, Williams says “don’t give up on yourself because your potential in unlimited.”