Artwork & Hobby Woodworking

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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Jan’s Day Off: Life After Fifty

January 24, 2014 Jan Nielsen Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingJan's Day Off

After 35-years of use, abuse and storage, these two bedroom suites (12 individual pieces/35 drawers) find renewed life.

Our girls have left; we are officially empty-nesters after 33 years.  One lives in Perth, Australia; the other has bought a condo in Victoria.  There is no coming home. We’ve renovated their two bedrooms and we now have two adult guest rooms.

The black walnut suite was purchased pre-marriage from an estate sale in Oak Bay in 1977.  I researched and discovered it was built by the Middlesex Furniture Company in Stratroy, Ontario – circa 1920’s.    The Honduras mahogany suite was gifted to Shelley’s mother in the 80’s from an elderly American couple, and sourced to a 40’s furniture company in San Jose, California.

There is life after 50. :)

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The outdoor “park” set-up; warm, dry and picture perfect.  Could it get any greener?

“Maybe it’s true that life begins at 50… but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.”
— Phyllis Diller

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The Test Drive – Before and After… Ready, Set, Scrape!!

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Before and After – Our Beautiful Black Walnut Headboard

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Building Hope Chests

January 22, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCustomer ProjectsReader's Corner

Written by Guest Blogger, Kyle Gardiner.


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I have built chests for grandchildren Akira and Reiko to provide places for them to keep things precious to them. In Reiko’s case that would be things typical of a hope chest. A boy’s interests are necessarily different, and although Akira’s chest is identical, it was built with the vague notion that it would, with the addition of interior furnishings, perhaps be a tool box; maybe even for my tools some day. That would be a hopeful legacy. Or maybe, with suitable Kanji, a hope chest for some future generation.

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Design ideas began with the hope chest I built for Mama Lynne in 1966. An improved design would be smaller, better proportioned, built of better materials and with better workmanship, embody finer construction details, and be more accommodating of expansion and contraction issues with wood. Designs were explored on the internet, and through publications. Particularly good examples were featured in a book entitled “Traditional Style Tool Chests” from the West Vancouver Library.

Dimensions evolved from comparisons of various chests to Lynne’s 1966 one, of finding pleasing proportions, and consideration that any chest should fit across the end of a single bed, be of a height comfortable to sit on, and maybe be serviceable as a coffee table.

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Wood Shop at Cedar Secondary

January 16, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCompany

We asked Dave Fraser what wood shop class was like at his school Cedar Secondary, located just south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Here’s what he had to say:

“At Cedar we run a traditional woodworking program with a strong focus on wood turning and guitar building. Last year our community support workers Karen St Cyr and Brenda Stupich gave the class part of a $10.000.00 grant to help with at risk students,  giving them an opportunity to make something special.

After talking with the various classes it was decided to start making musical instruments, since then we have been building various things from acoustic and electric guitar to drums and cigar box guitars. Old Morris Tobacconists in Victoria donated 14 cigar boxes to the school; this has been a very popular project.

One of the local Cedar residence, Andy Lackey, has donated many truckloads of burls that have allow the students to make a wide range of bowls and lidded boxes on the wood lathes.

Unfortunately Cedar is closing at the end of the year and is being renovated to become a large elementary school.”

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Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event 2014

January 15, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCompanyTool Events

Thanks to all the wonderful attendees of this years hand tool showcase. We hope you learned some great woodworking tips from the experts from Lie-Nielsen who were on-site.

Here are a few shots we took thought the two day event. See you all next year!

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