My grandfather John (Jack) Godson born in Blockley (Cotswolds) England, came to Canada in the early 1900’s and settled in Abbotsford (the Fraser Valley) BC. He found employment at the Abbotsford Lumber Company mill on Mill Lake. Later he met my Grandmother who was working with the cook at the mill site. They married in 1917 and lived their entire lives in their home; built in 1920.
Recently, Jan and I visited Abbotsford and the Trethewey House (MSA Museum Society). On my Grandmother’s death in 1985, the bulk of her household possessions (furniture, clothing, kitchen products) dating back to the 1920’s were donated to Trethewey House. I admit it, the pack-rat gene runs strong; somehow it’s migrated to Jan also. While there, the Collections Manager, Christina Reid, kindly chatted with us. Stories about my grandparents, their home, the mill and Trethewey House quickly filled the span of 2-hours.
Paul Fieldwick, teacher of Design and Technology at Halls Head Community College in Australia has given us an inside look at his curriculum and inspiring teaching style.
Here’s what he had to say about his student’s work:
Year 8 Wood and Materials Design
We are a typical government school in Western Australia catering for students from Years 8 – 12 (13 – 17 years old) when students join us we obviously start with the basics of measuring, marking out, hand skills, and of course safety. I tell the students that “machines do not have a conscious, they will not let go just because you are screaming in agony. They will keep spinning until part of you comes off” I usually follow this up with a couple of gory posters and stories of kids getting their hair caught in the drill press etc. My aim is to scare them so they do not get complacent.
Once the students have made a couple of simple projects, including using plastics, I then introduce the design skills of sketching in oblique and orthogonal (top view, front view, and side view). For their final project they are required to design and make a pencil holder using wood and plastic. Students are required to sketch and label their design, apply approximate dimensions, and complete a cutting list.
This month we are showcasing the work of Ron David who did the interior woodwork of a 1927 Cadillac and our customer David who used our Oli-Natura finishes on the floor of his Sun Peaks cabin.
Ron David says this about his project:
I just finished a job I was given to do on some of the interior woodwork of a 1927 Caddie. 1st was the dash instrument panel that was missing most of its walnut veneer and he couldn’t find anyone to do it, so I got the challenge. The 1st pic is of the bare nickel plated insert and the next 2 completed.
This next piece came in 3 pieces and was totally missing the burl veneer inside the stringing and missing a backing piece of 1/16″ veneer.
Repaired it all, put in the burl veneer and applied all new stringing.
January 10th & 11th.
Lie-Nielsen staff will be on-site to help demystify the world of hand tool woodworking. You are encouraged to get hands on and ask plenty of questions.
For more information on Lie-Nielsen and their heirloom quality hand tools visit lie-nielsen.com.
Did you know Jan is sponsoring Danny Schaftlein – our Milling Manager – for his Joinery apprenticeship? He has just completed his 3rd year at BCIT and found this year’s general focus to be on production methods, curved millwork, and drafting with AutoCAD. His personal project was a mirror frame incorporating laminated and solids curved parts. Can hardly wait to see the finished mirror once the glass is installed. He has maintained a 95% average over the past 3-years. We are very proud of him!!
He spent more time home on the weekends this year and became up close and personal with the BC Ferry schedule….or lack thereof He did say that there were more apprentices representing Victoria this year. Nice to see.
Jan and I have traveled north – beyond on the rapids – to The Broughton Archipelago on three occasions since 2004. We have always been the smallest, oldest and most wooden boat up there. It is a go-to destination for yachts, mega-yachts and super-mega yachts without a doubt.
Being ‘bookie’ people, we have quite a library aboard. We collect books on natural and cultural history, on local stories – from then and now and of course, the various boating bibles on the go-to destinations. If you read my articles, you’ll know we love to mix travel and timber-talk as much as possible…..and what better occasions to see the industry in action. These books spin a tale of hard work and the pioneering spirit, industry growth and decline…..and reinvention. Up in the Broughton’s, you can ‘live’ history.
I have discovered a fabulous synopsis of the History (150 Years) of the Forest Industry in BC. This is credited to The Historical Thinking Project at www.historicalthinking.ca. This project is committed to the incorporation of historical thinking into curriculum, classrooms and educational resources. Can’t argue that!