The Scouts have finally finished the boats we started nearly two years ago and wanted to get these photos of the boys taking them out on Beaver Lake earlier this month. It was a perfect evening to go out and the boys really enjoyed themselves. The sense of pride in their faces knowing that they build something that actually floated was great to see.
I would like to thank you again on behalf of the 3rd Douglas Scout Group for your generous donation of material to make this project happen.
Jeremy Smith has been a customer of ours for a long while and has made several projects with our wood for his woodworking blog Photocopier Reincarnations. Here’s a just a sample of some of his work, always adding some form of recycled wood or parts.
His Mission With Project Five
Woodworking isn’t his only passion, however, he has a degree in horticulture and would like to expand his degree to include Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR), a 2-year world-class Masters in Science program run by the European Commission.
With this under his belt he will be able to help farmers with their crops in ecologically damaged areas such as the Sahel in Central Africa, where malnutrition is a serious issue. More details are in the following video and on his funding page here.
“Help us help the farmers. Help us feed their families. Help us save their forests so their children can enjoy them too.”
Annie and Jeremy Smith
We have some talented customers! This is someone’s layup of there next project…
Poetic Justice – an innovative idea by Bruce Obee of North Saanich, BC
The dreaded miracle moulding has made a comeback as something useful—a drying rack for oiled fir.
Apron Nesting Tables
By Paul Miller
The walnut solids are ebonized with ferrous ion solution and the tops are identical four way matches of Walnut burl.
There’s a Lumberjocks project post here. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/105156
And a build blog here. http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/series/7468
Thanks to this month’s contributors for submitting photos and details of there projects.
Yellow Cedar Chest
His photo also came with this lovely testimonial, thanks David!
Many months ago, you folks helped me in my search for some top-of-the-line yellow cedar for a carving project. You found a log on North Vancouver Island. It was milled shipped to you, and you alerted me to its arrival. I came, selected some pristine timber and went away poorer but happy! The project was a wedding present for my son and now daughter-in-law. You asked if you could have a photo of the results, which delighted all concerned. Many thanks again to all of you for your fine service and knowledge.
Guitar & Douglas-fir Bar
Patrick Poulin made the beautiful guitar, it was a hobby project and will be his first and last guitar. Come on Patrick! We know talent when we see it!
Kevin Morrin made the bar top and had this to say about his West Wind experience:
I found a great slab of fir in your loft this fall, and you help plane and cut the mitres. It all came together really well and I’m really happy with how the bar top ended up looking. Thanks for the extra time spend addressing some issues with the measurements. On the hunt for another project now!
Great Kevin, you know where to find us!
Our customer Matt Dolmage was busy over the holidays with creating more beautiful guitars and speakers.
by Wayne S. Boardman
Wayne makes these lures from 2×2 Alaskan Yellow Cedar. He was kind enough to share is technique and a few photos of the “rewards” received in the Cape Cod Canal.
I take 2X2 Alaska Yellow Cedar and turn it on a lathe down to a 6 inch Cape Cod Pencil. Through a drilled hole I insert a stainless welding wire, picking up a swivel half way through and a tail weight. Then comes a Spar varnish and BIN primer, after that comes airbrushing a pattern before epoxy and hooks.
Quite and art form! And they work too… just look at the spoils from a trip to the Cape Cod Canal in 2012, they caught 100lbs of fish but only kept 50lbs.
Herbert the Boat by Eric Letham
Herbert is a Sam Devlin designed Candlefish 16 built out of Joubert marine mahogany using the stitch and glue method. Powered by a 20 horse outboard, it moves along nicely with two to three adults and a load of camping and fishing gear. The boat calls Shuswap Lake home, but has spent some time on the Pacific as well, chasing salmon and scenery.
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
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.