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.

West Wind Factory Tour: Lunch and Learn

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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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Jan’s Day Off: To Bee or Not to Bee

Forget bird houses, these days it’s all about the bees; mason bees to be precise. We’ve all heard of the decline in honeybees and habitat loss but at $1+ per cocoon, we’ve hesitated and our fruit trees seem to produce just fine.

A month ago, we discovered that Jan’s dad had made these same bee houses. Without any cocoon purchases (rent must have been cheap enough) they were pretty much all rented out for the season. And by the following weekend, we had our own homes up and running. We’d become proud official so to be bee keepers trying to make a difference.

In-house Inspiration – Built by Ove Nielsen (Jan’s dad)

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Always happy to chat about projects, Jan mentioned his new venture to a friend whose comment was “but you’ll be stealing someone else’s ‘paid-for’ bees”.  And here I thought we were simply attracting errant bees in need of a hospitable refuge……and don’t the babies need a home to return too?

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SOLD: 10ft Lapstrake Acorn Dinghy with Oars

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Won at a boat in a raffle from Cowichan Maritime Museum last October, this boat has only been in the water once. It’s a beautiful 10 ft Lapstrake Acorn Dinghy with 9 ft Oars. The value placed on the boat by the builder was $8000.00. The owners already store an 18ft Tracker boat and only have a single car garage, so sadly it needs to go.

THIS BOAT HAS BEEN SOLD

This Week: Engraved Serving Paddles to Ontario

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35 Engraved Cherry Serving Paddle Boards

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

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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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Taking the “Lesser” out of Our Lesser-Known Species (LKS)

Photo by Jan T. Nielsen – Jalisco (2005)

 Photo by Jan T. Nielsen – Jalisco (2005)

Let’s agree that the term lesser-known species (LKS) describes species whose regional forest potential is greater than its current use.  As a renewable natural resource, tropical forests are unique.  The problem is in the utilization of such a varied and variable mixture of wood species.

Generally the domestic market is less discriminating than the export market and over time a scale of preference develops and the average consumer is generally unaware that thousands of useful wood species exist. Some species are in high demand, while others are merely acceptable. At the other end of the spectrum, however, is a large number of species broadly and variously called “lesser-known species”, “secondary species”, “unpopular species” and “weed species”.

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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.