This Old House: Master Bedroom Reno

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Part III in the saga of the renovating of our milling manager Danny’s house! He shows us his work on his newly completed the reno on the master bedroom.

Part I: Floor Refinishing
Part II: Window Sill Replacement

He has lots more work to do so stay tuned!


This winter we restored the plaster walls and ceiling in the master bedroom using a method that involves drilling holes around loose sections of plaster and injecting glue. The glue reattaches the loose plaster back to the lathe. The walls are now solid again! We decided to restore the plaster rather than remove and drywall because of the mess involved. And in my opinion the plaster is a better product!

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Plaster is more mold and fire resistant than drywall and also more soundproof plus the character of plaster was important to us.

We stripped paint from the original door window shelf and I built new closet doors.

Old Window Sill Replacement

Old Window Sill Replacement

The saga continues with the work on Danny’s old house. This time he’s removing and replacing rotten window sill.

Repaired some insect damage in window jambs with epoxy also replaced a structural beam under the window (original damaged by carpenter ants some time ago.) Making new brackets to be structural. Originals were rotted! Will be coating those with an epoxy barrier coat.

Removed all the sash (5 total) stripped them and will be repainting this weekend. Also replaced all the sash cords for the counter weights.

Just like repairing a wooden boat.

From There And Back

A Journey by John and Phyllis Wrobel

On December 3, we embarked on our journey to South America aboard the Golden Princess leaving from Los Angeles (temp 64F).

Cabo San Lucas, Puntarenas and Peru all shared desert dunes, high humidity and throngs of people selling everything on the streets.  Alpaca clothing was popular in South America.  Four stops in Chile gave us time to enjoy the lush regions, historic sites, local markets and the Casablanca Valley wine region. Read more

The New Porch for the Old “Newer” House

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Everyone who works at West Wind has formed a close relationship with wood.  Most are passionate and take advantage of any opportunity to use and/or work with it.  Our Flooring Manger, Joel is no different.  In fact he set the bar for everyone else.  He’s been with us since 1998; still in high school at the time and highly recommended by his Wood Work Teacher.  He has spent his entire post-secondary career working towards improving and upgrading his living environment; a few times over.

Here are some pictures of the porch he installed on his current home renovation.  Great job!  What’s next?

My Old House

My Old House

Everyone who works at West Wind has formed a close relationship with wood. Most are passionate and take advantage of any opportunity to use and/or work with it. Last year, one of our employee’s bought their very first home. Here is the start of his journey. Enjoy and stay tuned for updates.


The house is from the late 1920s, but well maintained over the years. Being mostly original inside and out, a lot of the original character of the house remains. The history is not known for sure, but it is believed that the first owner was a manager or caretaker of the Agriculture Canada’s Experimental Plant Farm on East Saanich Road (now known as the Centre for Plant Health). Who knows maybe the old fig tree on the property was planted by the original owner? The house sits on a half acre, surrounded by forest and gardens.

The new owners plan to keep the original character and style of the house intact as much as possible. This started with refinishing the original Douglas-fir flooring. Tearing up the laminate floor and carpet revealed a floor full of character. The whole process felt a lot like an archaeological dig to us.

After the floor was refinished it was obvious that that baseboard and door jambs needed a lot of work. All the door jambs and plinth blocks were undercut when the laminate flooring was installed. The jambs were all re-cut, filled and faired; baseboards sanded, filled and repainted. At the same time the stairs were in need of some attention. It was obvious that the stair case was well used, full of dents and dings. The treads were covered in carpet and a rubber floor covering. The original treads were also refinished.

We also knew we wanted to be as self-sufficient as possible and we knew we wanted to heat with wood. No time was wasted repairing the chimney tops and installing a wood burning insert. The fireplace was stripped of its dated tiles from the 80’s and re-tiled. It took a lot of time and effort to find a tile that was both modern but looked like it could have been original.

Danny’s Apprenticeship Year 3

Did you know Jan is sponsoring Danny Schaftlein – our Milling Manager – for his Joinery apprenticeship?  He has just completed his 3rd year at BCIT and found this year’s general focus to be on production methods, curved millwork, and drafting with AutoCAD.  His personal project was a mirror frame incorporating laminated and solids curved parts.  Can hardly wait to see the finished mirror once the glass is installed.  He has maintained a 95% average over the past 3-years.  We are very proud of him!!

He spent more time home on the weekends this year and became up close and personal with the BC Ferry schedule….or lack thereof 😉  He did say that there were more apprentices representing Victoria this year.  Nice to see.