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Lady With Good Bones Seeking Gentle Hands

March 24, 2014 West Wind Boat BuildingCompanyMarineShelley's Articles

Rainbow Skiff

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!!

Here’s the story.  Enjoy the read.

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UBC Sailbot Update

March 20, 2014 West Wind Boat BuildingMarine

UBC-sailbotLast 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 ubcsailbot.org for more updates on this project.

Photo courtesy of the UBC Sailbot blog.

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March Customer Projects – Vol. 51

March 19, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCompanyCustomer Projects

We’re still reeling from excitement for the all the gold medals won by Canada’s Olympic Team, including those in Men’s and Women’s curling. Congratulations to everyone!

These curling rocks were made by our customer Francis Gaetz (250-723-6171) out of our eastern maple. Thanks for sending this in. Great work!

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This is a reproduction of a Gustav Stickley mission bench in quarter-sawn flaked White Oak by Tom Paille, Deep Bay, B.C

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Ove Nielsen’s Ship Model

March 17, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCompany

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

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In Ove’s words:

The name of the Ship is   ” M/V. Falcon Rock ” 1/2 ” scale, its about 25″ long, it is a Fisheries Patrol boat anno 1960, it is in private owner ship for the  past 12 years and it is at the moment down in Cowichan Bay. It took about 400 Hrs to make, so I was burning the candle in both ends.

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Vancouver Home & Garden Show

March 14, 2014 West Wind CompanyEventsProducts

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

We documented the show and our booth well with these photos:

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Camping In Clayoquot Arm

March 14, 2014 West Wind Exploration

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

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