Don’t Ask! Just let it be known there is another project in the stew pot. Fairly major and all encompassing. Furniture is required for this project; the flavour is West Coast. Jan’s choice of wood is Pacific Yew. I know it’s one of my favourites.
Jan had forgotten the toxicity of yew wood and felt it was extremely important to remind our readers of the care required. The dust attacked his respiratory system. I would liken it to a severe asthma attack; wheezing, shortness in breath, mucus build-up, and headaches.
The leaves and seed are toxic. Sheep and cattle have died as a result of eating these; humans also. The toxin which causes the problem is taxine, and it is present in the wood. Yew is used widely by turners, and goodness knows how many yew vessels are used for fruit, or eating and drinking from.
Paul Harder is a bronze sculptor with a charming countryside studio located in Deep Cove. Paul has a passion for creating west coast wildlife and marine creatures.
One of his specialties is the design and fabrication of custom-made coffee and dining room tables that incorporate bronze, glass and wood. Working with Jan and West Wind Hardwood the most recent example of one of Paul`s creations is the Octopus Burl Table shown here. This table started with an old burl collected by the client several years ago. Jan and his team restored and milled the burl and Paul created the supporting structure using three giant bronze octopus tentacles. The table has a glass inset with a smaller feature octopus suspended from the underside of the table. This is a one of kind piece and definitely a conversation starter that now lives on Piers Island.
Jim Barker’s work seen first hand in the Hilton Village, Honolulu Hawaii
Our collaboration on this job with Jim Barker of Barker Manufacturing Inc.– Textured Millwork – Weathered – Burnt – Adze (Victoria, BC) began in January 2015. Destined for Honolulu – Hilton Village – Lagoon Tower, the delivery of this order became a bureaucratic struggle. Afrormosia – Pericopsis elata – Fabaceae (Leguminosae); sometimes called African Teak is under the radar of CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. To ensure the legality of harvesting practices, this means documentation must be produced every time the ‘wood’ crosses an international border.
It was a bit of a hunt to locate Jim’s handiwork but succeed we did. We spoke to the Sales Staff and they said they are wowed by the beauty of these pieces of furniture. It’s always satisfying to see ‘the art of wood’ well appreciated!!