If you had 10 minutes to escape a wildfire what would you take? A lot of us have probably asked ourselves this given the recent wildfire devastation of the city of Fort McMurray. We received the following message from a customer which turned out to be quite the testimonial, although we wish it wasn’t because of a natural disaster.
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.
This story begins in 1945 with a seizure of ‘contraband’ by Canada Customs. Not sure when the timbers were actually cut but once seized, used and abused – apparently left outside at times – they eventually found a home with Roch of Salt Spring Island. Some years ago, he’d heard that 350+ billets were available; ranging in weight from 60-180 pounds each. He told us that many of the billets were quarter logs, which if you put the tree back together would have been 24-30” in diameter at the base; completely unheard of today.
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!!