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From Air to Water

March 23, 2015 West Wind Boat BuildingIndustryShelley's Articles

In Memoriam My father (1919-2013) was born with salt water in his veins.  Boats were it for him.  And although not formally trained as a naval architect he was a self-taught boat designer and member of the Society of Small Craft Designers.  My childhood holds memories of him spending long evenings – night after night […]

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Forest Fact: What’s in a Name?

January 26, 2015 West Wind Industry

Logger – usually refers to a number of workers whose job it is to harvest timber and bring it to a mill. The term “lumberjack” is similar to logger but is not used in BC. It is an eastern North American term. Faller – Fallers are specialists who may have voluntarily become certified for this dangerous position. […]

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Wood Lovers Unite – It’s a Global Passion

July 10, 2014 Shelley Nielsen IndustryReader's CornerShelley's Articles

This article is compliments of Paul Miller; Retired wood boat builder; Hobby furniture maker. Paul also writes for Lumber Jock (LJ) Blog as ‘Shipwright’. “I love to think outside the box and I love to do things I’ve never tried before. Almost every project I start involves design as you go flexibility and at least […]

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The Wood Market – Today….Tomorrow – For You and For Me

January 22, 2014 Shelley Nielsen CompanyHardwood & SoftwoodIndustryShelley's Articles

About a month ago, we received an email from a supplier commenting on the strengthening US dollar and it’s affects on the increasing cost of lumber.  This is an upward trend that is a double-edged sword for Canada; a country reliant on exports and a robust trading partner with the US. “The Hardwood Review Weekly […]

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Big Trees – Big Dreams

September 26, 2013 Shelley Nielsen ExplorationIndustryShelley's Articles

Jan and I have traveled north – beyond on the rapids – to The Broughton Archipelago on three occasions since 2004.  We have always been the smallest, oldest and most wooden boat up there.  It is a go-to destination for yachts, mega-yachts and super-mega yachts without a doubt. Being ‘bookie’ people, we have quite a […]

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Victoria High School’s Woodworking and Construction Program

January 16, 2013 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCustomer ProjectsIndustry

By our customer and Victoria High Teacher, Stewart Wheeler Victoria High School’s woodworking and construction program starts at the grade 9 level and gives student’s the opportunity to take up to 7 different courses by the time they graduate. In grade 9 students do a simple table -600mm long by 285mm wide by 440mm high […]

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