Silva Bay Shipyard School – July 2016 – Photo by Jan Nielsen
Not so open any longer; the school has closed its doors and is the home to local businesses.
A True Renaissance Man
After completing a four-year boatbuilding apprenticeship that started in 1980, Tony Grove honed his skills as a shipwright, specializing in wooden boat restoration/construction, boat interiors building and custom furniture design. This led him to instructing at the Silva Bay Shipyard School on Gabriola Island BC. Tony taught traditional Boatbuilding plus a course (the first of its kind) that he designed on Ship Cabinetry/Joinery. Tony eventually became the school’s head instructor; leaving the school in 2005 to spend time with his family, working for himself as a custom woodworker, boatbuilder, artist, writer and teacher. A true renaissance man!
With the Silva Bay Shipyard School closed, the circle has come full round with The Grove Woodworking School tucked amongst the trees on beautiful Gabriola Island, B.C. Courses and Workshops focus on woodworking skills and techniques for the marine environment, with all skills being transferable to general woodworking. A few non-marine programs will be offered as well. Course material is designed principally for novices; those for advanced learners will be noted.
Nautical Family Embrace Natural Materials in Kitchen Design When these avid boaters wanted to do a home renovation they turned to David Sheridan from Splinters Millworks to create a contemporary…
Read the full article at the source: Nautical Family Embraces Natural Materials in Kitchen Design | Modern Home Victoria Magazine
We were thrilled to see our walnut slabs put to some beautiful use in this new kitchen. Read the full article to see more photos and to find out all who were involved in the project.
Thank you to Jody Beck of Modern Home Victoria for the use of the photo.
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.