Artwork & Hobby Woodworking
Ralph River Provincial Campsite – Buttle Lake – Strathcona Park (Vancouver Island, BC)
What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing as far as I was concerned, however, apparently my choice of stable candle holders was inappropriate. And thus another ‘project’ was born. Fast, Simple and Aesthetically Appropriate for the Outdoors.
So what does a good wood man do but find a piece of green cedar with the intention of carving out nicely sized holes to fit our candles. At this point, now ask yourself who goes camping with a full set of carving tools? Unfortunately the selected piece split and required repairs. Naturally, slender willow branches were selected to bind the board.
Nothing is more satisfying……so I’m told…….than a man sitting by his fire with his cigar whilst working with wood.
A nice patina of wax build developed as more and more candles were used.
Day and Night – Night and Day – All was right with the world.
But all good things must come to an end and a fiery pyre was deemed an appropriate finale to our camping trip.
Thanks for all of you who submitted your projects for this month’s newsletter, we continue to be impressed and inspired.
Brad W. of Alberta built this Nightheron 18 canoe. Stripped with yellow cedar from us. His next project is a Prospector 15 using our western red cedar canoe strips. Nice work!
Ernest Wahl finished this cradle with some milling help from us. Just in time before his Grandaughter was born!
Planes, Trains and Automobiles!
Made from wood out of our shorts pile, these toys were winter projects for Robert Scott on Saltspring Island.
Guitars & More
Material to Build Two “Nymph” Canoes – Sold as one Complete Package – Includes:
Drawings from Guillemont Kayaks – One Set (Value $90)
Wood Strips (Value $600):
Sitka Spruce (55 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Western Red Cedar (54 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Sapele Mahogany (41 strips) at 1/8” x ½” x 12’ long
MDF Strips (Value $160)
¾” MDF – Cut in strips for mould station
6 pieces at 16” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 8” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 1” x 8’ long
If you have the dream, this could bring you closer to it. Contact us if you are interested!
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.