Bruce “House” Milner was born in 1948 in the fishing village of Port Dover, Ontario. He has lived there all of his life.
Bruce worked as a commercial fisherman from 1970 to 1990. With the decline of the fresh water fishing fleet, Bruce “left the lake” and started a woodworking business producing Victorian style gingerbread and screen doors.
Bruce's love of the lake and fishing caused him to begin making carvings depicting the disappearing lifestyle. It began as a sideline using scraps left over from his door building business. His interests quickly expanded into painting and folk art sculpture.
“House” (as he is known to friends and locals) also devotes much of his energies to a music career. He performs classics and his own
compositions twice a week at the Norfolk Tavern in Port Dover, as well as other local venues. He has written scores for four plays; the most recent being “Wooden Boats and Iron Men”, a play based on the lyrics of Bruce's songs, co-written with Robert More.
Bruce draws inspiration from his wife, painter Liz Barrett Milner, and from the late Port Dover painter Myrtle Grace.