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UBC Sculpture Swings by Peter Fortune

July 11, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCustomer Projects

Peter Fortune is steam bending these visually interesting swings using our White Oak. This is what he says about the project:

“Basically we are producing outdoor furniture on campus to make design solutions that are one on one for students. These furniture pieces are swings that are also suspended sculptures and conversation pieces/starters.”

We can’t wait to see these come into fruition. Good luck with the project Peter!

Here is a map to where the benches will be placed so you can check them out yourself when they are complete!

Swing bench map UBC Vancouver

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Wood Lovers Unite – It’s a Global Passion

July 10, 2014 West Wind IndustryReader's CornerShelley's Articles

This article is compliments of Paul Miller; Retired wood boat builder; Hobby furniture maker. Paul also writes for Lumber Jock (LJ) Blog as ‘Shipwright’.

“I love to think outside the box and I love to do things I’ve never tried before. Almost every project I start involves design as you go flexibility and at least a couple of things that I hope I can accomplish but that I’m not sure I can. I try to use local hardwoods when I can rather than commercial “store bought” material. I like that it gives a feeling of heritage to the piece.” PM

On a recent trip to Europe, Paul made a special visit to Les Fils de J. George in Paris.  He says “to some Paris may be the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, or the palace at Versailles…………….

They are fine and I did see them but the real attraction for me this trip was an old building out on Rue Gallieni where some of the last sawn veneer in the world can be found. I won’t get into singing the praises of this stuff here but suffice to say that at about ten times the price of the common sliced veneer what we see here is pretty special.

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Community Sponsorship Events

July 10, 2014 West Wind CompanyCustomer ProjectsEvents

Two lucky winners of these community events this past May/June walked away with a prize of $500 donated by West Wind. Check out a few photos from the events:

School of Trades & Technology Awards - Camosun College

Camosun College Trades & Tech Awards

Lars attended the Gala Evening and presented Melissa Miralles the Top Fine Furniture Student Award. Awarded to a graduating Fine Furniture student with the highest overall combined theory and practical marks. Congrats Melissa!

Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild – Explorations in Wood

Western Maple wardrobe by Alfons Laicher

We presented Alfons Laicher (for his stunning Western Maple wardrobe) our donated prize of $500.

Additionally, Congrats to our long-time customer, Keith Battersby for his fine representation of his Western Maple chair and table.

Western Maple chair by Keith BattersbyWestern Maple table by Keith Battersby


 

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West Wind’s Epic Corporate Camp-Out!

July 8, 2014 West Wind CompanyEventsExplorationStaff

20140629_095432Galiano Island, Montague Harbour

Every year we brave the weather (however wet it may be) and spend two glorious days camping, boating, fishing, relaxing & eating… Good times were had and oh boy were we well fed!

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The Dorothy Project

May 23, 2014 West Wind Boat BuildingCompanyCustomer ProjectsShelley's Articles

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“Not only is she beautiful as boats go with her fine lines, but she is also a fine sailing boat, fast for her size, gentle to handle, and extremely seaworthy. And she is a lucky boat, too, in that her owners have always, somehow, managed to maintain her, repair her, and restore her in such a way that she is now fully restored, still sailing, and still looking beautiful.”

- H.C. Charlesworth (Former Owner), Dorothy I, A Sailor’s Legacy.

Dorothy experienced 11 owners in her life before her donation to the Maritime Museum of B.C. in 1995.  Under the auspices of the MMBC, she sailed proudly until February 2003 when she was taken out of the water in February 2003 and put into storage.

For nine years she stayed dry-docked at the SALTS tallship society. Hard decisions had to be made about her care. The Museum was rapidly being drained of the legacy fund to storage fees, but a full restoration was extremely expensive and they were unlikely to find someone to do it for what they could afford. Dorothy waited.

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Tony Grove Woodworking School

May 22, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingBoat Building

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“When a person reaches that time in their life when they possess a rich storehouse of experience and skills in a particular sphere, I believe they are almost duty-bound to pass on that knowledge for the benefit of future generations.” - Tony Grove

Master shipbuilder Tony Grove (see Dorothy Sails article above) will be spreading his wealth of knowledge to other promising woodworkers and shipwrights in his new school on Gabriola Island.

Designed for novices as well as advanced, courses will focus on woodworking skills and techniques for the marine environment with a few non-marine programs mixed in. All skills learned will be transferable to general woodworking.

He is now accepting students and course suggestions for next summer. Visit the school’s website at thegroveschool.ca.


Thanks to Tony Grove for use of his photos.

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