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Camping In Clayoquot Arm

Clayoquot Arm

Danny, our milling manager, brought back some stunning images from his camping trip to Clayoquot Arm this past January. See More >>

And the WINNER is...

Congratulations: Derek Frechette of Street Leaf Design in Kelowna, B.C. You have won our bi-monthly draw for $10 off your order. Thank you for subscribing!

New Video On Milling Services

We added a new video to our YouTube channel, be sure to check it out. We are planning to do more, covering all our products and services. See it Here >>

Spring Home Shows A Success

Vancouver Home & Garden Show

Along with the usual Victoria Home Show, this year we attended the Vancouver Home and Garden Show for the very first time. 

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Ove's Ship Model

Ove T. Nielsen model ship

Ove Nielsen (Jan & Lars' Dad) is a master ship model builder. Here he shows us his M/V. Falcon Rock.  [...] Read More

Huge Floor Sent to Shawnigan Lake School

huge flooring order

We recently manufactured 9,500 sqft of Douglas Fir flooring that headed to Shawnigan Lake School last month. 

We can't wait to see the end result and you'll see it too in an upcoming issue of The Taproot.

UBC SailBot Update

UBC Sailbot progress

Last issue we talked about our sponsoring of the UBC Robotic Sailboat team, they are gearing up for what should be an exciting competition.

They've made some great strides since that issue, especially in the construction of the cold-moulded hull and their control system and routing architecture... super nerdy and we love it! Visit for more updates on this project. Photo courtesy of the UBC Sailbot blog.

Customer Projects

Give this issue's customers and their creations some welcomed "kudos" by checking them out in our project showcase.
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curling rocks

Curling Rocks by Francis Gaetz

Mission Bench

Mission Bench by Tom Paille

Lady with Good Bones Seeking Gentle Hands

photo courtesy of LMS Museum.

Robert and Margaret Lawson (Ladysmith, BC) of Brisen Boatworks donated this HMCS Rainbow Skiff to the Ladysmith Maritime Society (LMS) in 2010. She entered retirement through public auction in 1929, and since then has languished as a lady of leisure – enjoying recreational ownership until 1977.

At that point, Barry Philbrook took her over until passing her onto Robert and Margaret in 1999; having never fulfilled his dream of restoration. As an aside, Barry built our treasured 35’ Ed Monk Sr. cruiser as a custom runabout for Owen Fowler; a means of commuting between Sidney and the Tortoise Islets (off Portland Island). We are told this was Barry’s 3rd boat while still under apprenticeship; built at Philbrook’s & Son Boatyard (Victoria, BC) in 1957.

For the next 11 years, between Robert and John Rodd, much work was accomplished on the Rainbow Skiff; both archival information and actual restoration. She was donated to the LMS in hope that restoration could find completion.

She is still waiting for her final make-over; task list available. Person(s) with skill needed!!

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