"Each Tree is Like a Fingerprint or a Snowflake."

-Rick Banas 
Interwood Forest Products

volume 56 January

This Month's Winner:

Congrats BARRY MCLEAN from Rustic and Company on your $10 gift Certificate!

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Danny's Joiner certificate

Danny Completes Apprenticeship!

Congrats are in order for Danny who completed his fourth year and received his Joinery certification. Here's some photos of his final furniture project.


Lars Gives Tips on Buying Lumber

Tips for buying lumber video

West Wind had a visit from Colin at WoodWorkWeb.com who shot a very informative video on buying lumber. With Lars' great tips it's sure a valuable resource for any beginning woodworker. >>Watch the Video

classic boat for sale

Boat for Sale

  • Vessel design by A. Mason, Model Sedan Flybridge
  • Built in 1957 by Chivers Boatworks of Victoria, B.C.
  • Carvel planked red cedar on oak frames
  • 55hp, Chrysler Nissan diesel 4-cyl engine installed new in 1977

Staff Changes

If you've visited us recently you may have noticed some new faces. We'd like to officially welcome Gordon (left) and Jacob (right) to the West Wind team! Read their bios on our site.

It's with that warm welcome we also bid a fond farewell to Lucas, who has left us for new horizons in sunny Australia!


The Salty Dog

Duck Decoys

We supplied some material for artist Karli Strohschein's hand carved duck decoys.

They are truly impressive and we had to share:  www.saltydogdecoys.com

New kitchen drawer organizers

Jan's Day Off:

What do when a ‘cold’ hits?  Organize some kitchen drawers.........of course!

Let’s just say we are traditionalists and started off with that good old plastic cutlery organizers...in 70’s avocado green naturally. [...]

Big Leaf Maple - other BC trees

The Other BC Trees

Trees can be choosy needing certain amounts of moisture, nutrients and sunlight.  Some are more demanding growing only in certain parts of the province.  For example, Pacific arbutus (madrone) occurs only in southern coastal areas within a few kilometers of the ocean where the winter climate is moderate and summers warm.  It likes dry areas; especially prone to rocky outcrops and plenty of sunlight.

Because trees vary in their ability to tolerate environmental conditions, British Columbia sees a variety of ecosystems throughout the province, from lush coastal rain forests to dry, open grasslands and sub-alpine areas.  But time shifts everything and ecosystems are constantly changing.  Disturbances, whether caused by nature or people, will affect plant communities over time. Who knows what the future holds for the diversity of our forests. [...] Continue Reading

Customer Projects

Fishing Lures

Yellow Cedar Fishing Lures

by Wayne S. Boardman

Wayne makes these lures from 2x2 Alaskan Yellow Cedar. He was kind enough to share is technique and a few photos of the "rewards" received in the Cape Cod Canal. [...]

Yellow cedar chest

Yellow Cedar Chest
by David L Johnson


by Patrick Poulin 

douglas-fir bar

Douglas-fir Bar by Kevin Morrin

new boat project

We shared Eric Letham's completed project last issue, this month we get a peak at his latest work-in-progress. [...]

matt dolmage guitars

Our customer Matt Dolmage was busy over the holidays with creating more beautiful guitars and speakers. [...]

chair by Steve Kristoffy

Beautifully crafted chair by Steve Kristoffy. This chair can be available on special order. Contact Steve if interested. [...]

red narra

New Arrivals

  • 8/4 Live Edge Yew
  • EcoPoxy
  • 1/2" Cherry plywood
  • 3/4" White Oak plywood
  • 4/4 Afromosia
  • 4/4, 8/4 Cherry
  • 4/4 Western Maple #1 Shop
  • 8/4 Red Oak
  • 8/4 Sapele
  • 8/4 Western Maple
  • 4/4 Red Oak shorts
forest fact

Forest Fact: 

What’s in a name?

Logger – usually refers to a number of workers whose job it is to harvest timber and bring it to a mill. The term “lumberjack” is similar to logger but is not used in BC. It is an eastern North American term.

Faller – Fallers are specialists who may have voluntarily become certified for  [...]