Leading Edge Designs (1984) Inc.
Sharron and Tom share a love of canoeing and wild gathering, permaculture, ecology, and exploring culinary cultures.
An inventor and designer, Tom learned shopcraft and building by apprenticing to his father, a millwright and blacksmith. Growing up in a farming family, he grew vegetables, planted trees, fished, made wine, and prepared food creatively from a young age.
He discovered his passion for fluid dynamics while simultaneously studying Pure and Applied Science and taking flying lessons. Pulling these skills and interests together, in 1991 he invented the Pot Scoop, the first fluid dynamic cooking utensil.
A photographer and graphic designer from childhood, Sharron's first career as a manager in theatre and film became the training ground for running Leading Edge Designs. Whether co-designing Littledeer kitchen tools or teaching communications and public relations courses, the theme of sustainability (doing plenty with little) runs parallel through her business and teaching.
An advocate of fresh ingredients, Sharron gardens, gathers, preserves, and bakes for pleasure.