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!
Two lucky winners of these community events this past May/June walked away with a prize of $500 donated by West Wind. Check out a few photos from the events:
School of Trades & Technology Awards – Camosun College
Lars attended the Gala Evening and presented Melissa Miralles the Top Fine Furniture Student Award. Awarded to a graduating Fine Furniture student with the highest overall combined theory and practical marks. Congrats Melissa!
Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild – Explorations in Wood
We presented Alfons Laicher (for his stunning Western Maple wardrobe) our donated prize of $500.
Additionally, Congrats to our long-time customer, Keith Battersby for his fine representation of his Western Maple chair and table.
“Not only is she beautiful as boats go with her fine lines, but she is also a fine sailing boat, fast for her size, gentle to handle, and extremely seaworthy. And she is a lucky boat, too, in that her owners have always, somehow, managed to maintain her, repair her, and restore her in such a way that she is now fully restored, still sailing, and still looking beautiful.”
– H.C. Charlesworth (Former Owner), Dorothy I, A Sailor’s Legacy.
Dorothy experienced 11 owners in her life before her donation to the Maritime Museum of B.C. in 1995. Under the auspices of the MMBC, she sailed proudly until February 2003 when she was taken out of the water in February 2003 and put into storage.
For nine years she stayed dry-docked at the SALTS tallship society. Hard decisions had to be made about her care. The Museum was rapidly being drained of the legacy fund to storage fees, but a full restoration was extremely expensive and they were unlikely to find someone to do it for what they could afford. Dorothy waited.
by guest blogger Ian McMurdo
A Fraser River Gillnetter built at Albion Boatworks in 1962. Originally gas-powered, converted to Perkins diesel 6-354 in the mid 80’s along with other technological goodies of the time such as Wagner hydraulic steering and autopilot. A friend (former boss of mine) bought her from a retired fisherman about 15 years ago with the idea that converting this boat for pleasure use would be his retirement project. He had built a 22′ cold molded sport fisher in the past. When I worked for him about 10 years ago we did some work on this boat and his sport-fisher at that time. I had to quit to go back to university, but we remained friends and four years later when I graduated and moved back to Vancouver he offered me half the boat in exchange for helping him to “finish” the project.
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
Written by Guest Blogger, Kyle Gardiner.
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.
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.