A Tale of Ebony

A Tale of Ebony

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.

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Vol.62 Customer Projects

Vol.62 Customer Projects

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!!

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A Coffee Table and Side Tables

A Coffee Table and Side Tables

by Bill Howard

From a local customer Bill Howard.  This is a fabulous critique on the background tech side of an at-home project…..in his words.


The primary wood is American Cherry. The secondary wood is Yellow Poplar.

The style is Shaker.  The case joinery is all mortise and tenon; frame and panel.  The design is my own.  My wife, Jennifer, wanted me to make these for our family room.

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