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Polynesian Culture of Wood

Polynesian Culture of Wood

Few people who follow our newsletter do not already know that Jan and I spent some weeks traveling to Australia and back.  To break the 25 hour (in total) flight, we spent 3-nights in Auckland.  On the return home, we broke the trip up in Honolulu.  Of course, nothing was more natural than to pursue ‘all things wood’ in the Polynesian Triangle.  This triangle is a region of the Pacific Ocean with three island groups at its corners:  Hawaii, Easter Island and New Zealand.

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Kia ora (Greetings) – Our arrival to Auckland at 5 am – Very few people wondering the corridor.

Having been to neither island before, there was much to absorb in 3-days.  We tested the waters of many attractions, trying to get a cultural sense without attending the larger touristy indigenous centres.

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Paul Harder Bronze Works (and a Little Bit of Wood Too)

Paul Harder Bronze Works (and a Little Bit of Wood Too)

Paul Harder is a bronze sculptor with a charming countryside studio located in Deep Cove. Paul has a passion for creating west coast wildlife and marine creatures.

One of his specialties is the design and fabrication of custom-made coffee and dining room tables that incorporate bronze, glass and wood.  Working with Jan and West Wind Hardwood the most recent example of one of Paul`s creations is the Octopus Burl Table shown here.  This table started with an old burl collected by the client several years ago. Jan and his team restored and milled the burl and Paul created the supporting structure using three giant bronze octopus tentacles. The table has a glass inset with a smaller feature octopus suspended from the underside of the table. This is a one of kind piece and definitely a conversation starter that now lives on Piers Island.

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Feasting in Fashion: St. Regis Bar and Grill

Feasting in Fashion: St. Regis Bar and Grill

Stop by the St. Regis Bar and Grill on Dunsmuir Street in Downtown Vancouver BC.  Their menu was specially designed for comfort and sharing.  Mastering the art of pub fare using quality local sustainable ingredients, you will be sure to find an item or items that best suit the occasion.  It’s a great place to settle in with colleagues to watch your favorite game or enjoy dinner with family and friends!

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Jan’s Day Off: The Best Laid Plans of Mice, Men and Jan

Jan’s Day Off: The Best Laid Plans of Mice, Men and Jan

What does one do when a year’s worth of planning takes a huge slide to the nether regions of “don’t know when now”? Our plans to cross Canada in the tear-drop trailer for Perth, Ontario’s 200th Anniversary have sadly been postponed for 2016. Perhaps, we’ll manage a celebratory trip for Perth’s 201st.

The trailer bits and pieces – still in view as a gentle reminder – are lovely stored to make room for the next-in-line project. This is a project that should have taken place when the house was originally built in 1988. It’s a project that we’ve talked about forever knowing it would make it to the ‘to-do’ list when the time was right. Our upstairs bathroom now has a view with two new windows that open. WOW!! The light; the air circulation… and I’m still shaking my head with wonder as to why didn’t we do this sooner.

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