From There And Back

March 19, 2015 West Wind CompanyExplorationStaff

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. (more…)

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This Week: Maple Stained Taco Boards to Florida

February 27, 2015 West Wind MillingSpecialty Wood Products

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Western Maple live edge Taco boards to Fort Lauderdale, Florida – 2nd order!

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26th Annual Richmond Carvers Society Carving Show

February 19, 2015 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingEvents

David Phillips of the Richmond Carvers Society would like us to remind all our talented wood carver customer about their upcoming show:


2015-Poster-medThe 26th annual Richmond Carvers Society’s Carving Show will again be held at the Steveston Community Centre in Richmond, BC on:

Saturday 30th May and Sunday 31st May 2015

Last year more than 770 people viewed the 243 carvings exhibited by 94
carvers. Please help us to exceed last year’s numbers.

All information, the prospectus and entry forms are available on the RCS
website: www.RichmondCarvers.com .

Please plan to exhibit, attend and support our show.

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This Week: Western Maple counter with a Live Edge

February 11, 2015 West Wind CompanyMilling

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Western Maple Counter Top with a Live edge to Victoria

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Alder Crown Moulding to Victoria

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Red Oak Stair Treads to Victoria

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Poplar Stair Treads to Edmonton

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Brie Cheese Platters Shipped to Parksville

February 4, 2015 West Wind FlooringHardwood & SoftwoodMilling

this week: cheese boards to parksville

These 8000 pieces of pine are used to package and display Brie by Qualicum Cheeseworks. How delicious….

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The Other BC Trees

January 28, 2015 Shelley Nielsen Shelley's Articles

Trees can be choosy needing certain amounts of moisture, nutrients and sunlight.  Some are more demanding growing only in certain parts of the province.  For example, Pacific arbutus (madrone) occurs only in southern coastal areas within a few kilometres of the ocean where the winter climate is moderate and summers warm.  It likes dry areas; especially prone to rocky outcrops and plenty of sunlight.

Because trees vary in their ability to tolerate environmental conditions, British Columbia sees a variety of ecosystems throughout the province, from lush coastal rain forests to dry, open grasslands and subalpine areas.  But time shifts everything and ecosystems are constantly changing.  Disturbances, whether caused by nature or people, will affect plant communities over time. Who knows what the future holds for the diversity of our forests.

For the now, I wanted to identify four of the more commonly used indigenous hardwood species we see at West Wind Hardwood.  Not all are commercially logged; often we see leftovers from logging cleanup or perhaps trees cleared from agriculturally designated land.

While softwoods are generally known for their structural applications, hardwoods are generally seen in the interiors of our homes.   They have long been used in the production of cabinetry, furniture and flooring for their durability, beauty and warmth.

 BIG LEAF MAPLE – acer macrophyllum

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