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?
Our milling manager, Danny Schaftlein, deserves some major congratulations: he has been awarded Top 3rd Year Apprentice by AWMAC (the Architectural Woodworking Manufacturers Association of Canada).
He is continuing his studies this fall for his fourth year and we are beyond proud of his success so far! Send him your congrats
Galiano Island, Montague Harbour
Every year we brave the weather (however wet it may be) and spend two glorious days camping, boating, fishing, relaxing & eating… Good times were had and oh boy were we well fed!
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.
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.
This year’s trip was again at Montague Harbour, Galiano Island. A beautiful site and what gorgeous weather we had! Got to witness an amazing sunset and went boating around the islands. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!