"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."

- Vincent Van Gogh


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This Month's Winner:

Congrats TROY on your $10 gift Certificate!

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Danny's award for top 3rd yr apprentice

Danny Wins Top 3rd Year Apprentice!

Our milling manager, Danny Schaftlein, deserves some major congratulations: he has been awarded Top 3rd Year Apprentice by AWMAC (the Architectural Woodworking Manufacturers Association of Canada).

He is continuing his studies this fall for his fourth year and we are beyond proud of his success so far! Send him your congrats

Hope Bay Boat Days

Community Events & Sponsorship

Hope Bay Boat Days

Our longtime customer David McKenzie sent in some pictures from Pender Island's Hope Bay Boat Days! [...]

canoe building set

FOR SALE: One Dream Too Many - $500

Material & Drawings to Build Two “Nymph” Canoes – Sold as one Complete Package! An incredible value!
>> See What's Included

Jan's rustic DIY candlestick

Jan's Day Off:

Jan’s “REAL” Day Off at Ralph River Provincial Campsite – Buttle Lake – Strathcona Park (Vancouver Island, BC)

Apparently my choice of stable candle holders was inappropriate.  And thus another ‘project’ was born.  Fast, Simple and Aesthetically Appropriate for the Outdoors. So what does a good wood man do but find a piece of green cedar with the intention of carving out nicely sized holes to fit our candles.  At this point, now ask yourself who goes camping with a full set of carving tools? [...]

Joel's porch reno

The New Porch for the Old “Newer” House

Joel shows off the porch he installed- his current home renovation.  

Everyone who works at West Wind has formed a close relationship with wood.  Most are passionate and take advantage of any opportunity to use and/or work with it.  Our Flooring Manger, Joel is no different. [...]

visit our new flooring website

New Flooring Site

Our updated flooring website 
has all our current brands, oils, custom flooring and milling services. 

Ask Joel about our NEW flooring + install packages!

my world of wood

My World of Wood

by Shelley Nielsen

Wood is my world; the world that gives me an opportunity to exist; to raise a family; make my mark in life.  The cycle of dependence is large and varied. It’s a world of relative grace and comfort thanks to that wood in those trees. Yet the term ‘wood’ is rather loosely used, and I often wonder what defines ‘wood’ in other people’s worlds. [...]

Customer Projects

Canoe and other customer projects

Brad W. of Alberta built this Nightheron 18 canoe. Stripped with yellow cedar from us. His next project is a Prospector 15 using our western red cedar canoe strips. Nice work! [...]

baby cradle

Baby Cradle

Ernest Wahl finished this cradle with some milling help from us. Just in time before his Grandaughter was born!

wooden toys

Toys & Toys!

Made from wood out of our shorts pile, these toys were winter projects for Robert Scott on Saltspring Island.

guitars and more by matt dolmage

Guitars & More

Summer projects by Matt Dolmage include guitars and some very cool retro speakers. Check out his online store!


New Arrivals

  • 5/4 x 6 Ipe
  • Oli-Natura Oils & Finishes
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Live Edge Arbutus
  • 4/4 Teak Shorts
  • Canoe Ash 18-20ft long
  • Tubi - various
  • 4/4 Red Oak shorts
  • 4/4 Cherry
  • 4/4 Black Walnut
  • 4/4 Easterm Maple

Forest Facts

Definition of “Bespoke”


Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification.  Now isn't that just the world of any worker of wood earning a living?  A slang-related term ‘modding’; mostly used to refer to personalization after manufacture.

The word bespoke is derived from the verb to bespeak, to "speak for something", in the specialize meaning "to give order for it to be made" or commission.  The term is definitely more prevalent in British English; American English tends to use the term “custom”.