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.
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 library aboard. We collect books on natural and cultural history, on local stories – from then and now and of course, the various boating bibles on the go-to destinations. If you read my articles, you’ll know we love to mix travel and timber-talk as much as possible…..and what better occasions to see the industry in action. These books spin a tale of hard work and the pioneering spirit, industry growth and decline…..and reinvention. Up in the Broughton’s, you can ‘live’ history.
I have discovered a fabulous synopsis of the History (150 Years) of the Forest Industry in BC. This is credited to The Historical Thinking Project at www.historicalthinking.ca. This project is committed to the incorporation of historical thinking into curriculum, classrooms and educational resources. Can’t argue that!
Jan & Shelley’s 1957 Ed Monk custom power cruiser built by Philbrook’s Boat Yard; at that time located in Victoria. Living her first 55 years of life as a sleek 32’ in length; she now offers 35’ of zoom, zoom, zoom.
With Shelley’s approval, “Dulwen” got a makeover – cold moulding 2 layers of Edge Grain Red Cedar 1/4″ veneer x 6″ with epoxy glue to the bottom side and up to the top of the boot line! Back in the water, she floated 2″ higher, gained almost 2 knots at the same RPM and generated a 20% fuel saving by lengthening the hull. And when under way, no longer needed the assist of the swim tabs to balance the hull.
Check out the photos to see a visual of how it was done. If anyone is thinking about doing this to their boat, I would be happy to answer any questions.
This summer, Jan and I have spent a number of days boating our local waters on Dulwen. We became reacquainted with Pender and Saturna Islands. Pender offered a couple of interesting venues for the boaters and woodworkers alike.
Firstly there was the first ever Hope Bay Boat Fest in June. This event was a great opportunity for wooden boat aficionados. Stay tuned for 2014, it will only be better and West Wind hopes to be involved.
Secondly, the Fall Fair in August offered a slice of old country style farm fun. Congratulations to customers, David MacKenzie and Sergei Petrov for their winning entries in the Wood Working Division.
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Academics * Trades * Sailing * Recreation.
(Pictures supplied by Tyler Caddell)
This is a unique new program for Parkland Secondary, and the Parkland Marine Institute offers more than just fun………….though it is a lot of fun too!
The Marine Institute at Parkland Secondary gives students a range of opportunities. It allows students to earn post-secondary credits and apprenticeships as well as earning certifications
required for work………….or purely for recreational use also.
The marine industry is a major employer in our region and like other industries, has become a complex, high-tech enterprise which generates a demand for skilled employees in a variety of areas. This program offers students a chance to go hands on with their education.
Do you have an interest in and a passion for sailing? Here’s an opportunity to earn graduation credits and various levels of certification through a combination of classroom-based instruction and “real’ on-the-water experience. The area surrounding Sidney offers students a wealth of opportunities to explore the BC coastline as well as the recreational perks that come along with sailing opportunities at the Marine Institute.