Artwork & Hobby Woodworking
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!
“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.
Russian artist Sergei Bobkov creates truly unique wood sculptures, so-life like it’s incredible. He uses wood from a Siberian tree, a type of red cedar, and soaks the chips in water for several days.
These intricate sculptures takes him about 6 months working 10 hours a day. What is even more incredible is that he was offered $17,000 for a piece and declined, saying his art is “not for sale”. Proof his work feeds his soul, not his pocket book, and we find that refreshing!
For more photos visit this gallery page.
We purchased a Chinese Pepper tree about 20+ years ago. The tree flourished and grew with the exception of some significant branches that didn’t survive this past winter; one of our many winter casualties this year. Shelley trimmed them and left along the drive way; hoping it might catch the eye of someone for removal. And someone did! However, that person, being a true wood addict, thought some use could be found. It took a week of walking past these branches before I came up with the idea of a tree bench.
This past Sunday afternoon, after “Shelley” chores J I spent an hour in my shop. I used the ‘develop-as-you-go’ design process. And one hour later, voila, my tree bench now sits outside the Flooring Gallery – Joel’s habitat. Beyond Joel, it attracts birds…………….and other assorted folk. In its natural environment, it’s the host plant for several of Japan’s indigenous swallowtail butterfly species. We see this in the garden at home throughout the summer. And the bench is quite nice to sit on!
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!
This is a reproduction of a Gustav Stickley mission bench in quarter-sawn flaked White Oak by Tom Paille, Deep Bay, B.C
Ove Nielsen (Jan & Lars’ Dad) is a master ship model builder. Here he shows us his M/V. Falcon Rock.
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.