West Wind Factory Tour: Lunch and Learn

luncheon with BC Architects

April 30, 2015 – Exploring BC’s Millwork Industry: Beyond the Basics

Seminars, Demo’s and Factory Tour for the Vancouver Island Chapter of Architects

Partnered with Roy Manion, Manager, Specifiers Program of the BC Wood Specialties Group
Hosted by West Wind Hardwood Inc
Driven by Joel Radford and Shelley Nielsen
Attended by 25 Architects and Designers from Southern Vancouver Island

This was both a challenge and a hoot for us. We’d never considered offering an on-site learning opportunity until Roy approached us. He nurtured us; coddled us; encouraged us. And it was a success, as born witness by this excerpt from the Vancouver Island Chapter of Architects’ Newsletter………

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This Week: Engraved Serving Paddles to Ontario

weekly events 5-20

35 Engraved Cherry Serving Paddle Boards

for Kitchen76, Two Sisters Winery, Niagara on the Lake, Ont.

Kitchen 76-engraved-paddles

I just wanted to send you a note with regards to the boards for Kitchen76… they are amazing! Everyone loved them and they are just want we wanted :)

The detail of the emblem and the board itself is amazing!

– Melissa Marotta-Paolicelli

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Popular Flooring Trend: Pre-Oiled Flooring

The February issue of Canadian House & Home magazine reported a popular new trend in choosing a low-sheen wax oil finish rather than a high gloss, urethane coat. This method is much more eco-friendly and has a more natural look.

At West Wind we carry a pre-oiled floor by Vintage, either wire brushed or a simple UV oil coat. Already have a wood floor or like to oil it yourself DIY style we have a selection of Hardwax oil finished from Oli-Natura.

oil-vintage

Joel’s Trip to Stanford University’s Bing Hall

What happens when you mix German beech , BC Yellow Cedar, Stanford university, a Russian woodworker (based in San Francisco) and West Wind Hardwood?  Last summer we manufactured 15,000 square feet of Beech and Yellow Cedar flooring.  The wood was destined for a concert hall on the Stanford campus in California.  This summer we had the opportunity to meet the contractor and see the installation first hand.

Alex Medvedev, owner of EH Floors Inc. was contracted to supply and install wood flooring inside the hall.  We met up at his office in San Francisco and from there headed south to see the project.

The Bing Concert Hall (where our wood was installed)  is a private performance space on the university campus in Palo Alto, California.  Steamed European beech was laid throughout the auditorium.   Alex mentioned most of the beech stair treads are unique shapes, which were fitted between two finished walls.  The wood stage is hallow like a drum (apparently for acoustics) and clad with 1 ¾” thick unfinished yellow cedar.  It was surprising to hear how loud and hollow footsteps sounded walking across it.  The semi-circular stage lifts are raised and lowered independently, from tiered (as seen in the pictures) to completely flat.

We are happy to have played a part in the construction of this unique building. Thanks Alex for taking the time from your schedule.  It was great to see all of your excellent work!

Home Shows – Spring Vs. Fall?

Joel Radford, Flooring Manager says:

“Overall the show seemed worthwhile. Of the three days Saturday was the busiest with lots of people. Lots of newbies discovering West Wind products for the first time and took brochures/cards. The improved booth had a positive impact. The countertops  etc. showed a more fleshed out picture of our products and were a great way to engage with attendees.”

We’re expanding to the Vancouver Home/Garden/Design Show. There are choices folks: Spring vs. Fall. Do you have a thought? Where there’s an opinion, there’s a willing ear. Let us know by answering this poll:

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You can also drop Joel an email to joel@westwindhardwood.com.