Danny Wins Top 3rd Year Apprentice!

September 23, 2014 West Wind CompanyEventsStaff

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Our milling manager, Danny Schaftlein, deserves some major congratulations: he has been awarded Top 3rd Year Apprentice by AWMAC (the Architectural Woodworking Manufacturers Association of Canada).

He is continuing his studies this fall for his fourth year and we are beyond proud of his success so far! Send him your congrats

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Sandwich and Food Serving Boards

July 16, 2014 West Wind Specialty Wood Products

New Product: Sandwich Serving Boards or platters.

Dimensions: 5/8″ x 8.5″ x 17″

Available in Eastern Maple & Cherry – $15.00 each

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UBC Sculpture Swings by Peter Fortune

July 11, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCustomer Projects

Peter Fortune is steam bending these visually interesting swings using our White Oak. This is what he says about the project:

“Basically we are producing outdoor furniture on campus to make design solutions that are one on one for students. These furniture pieces are swings that are also suspended sculptures and conversation pieces/starters.”

We can’t wait to see these come into fruition. Good luck with the project Peter!

Here is a map to where the benches will be placed so you can check them out yourself when they are complete!

Swing bench map UBC Vancouver

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Wood Lovers Unite – It’s a Global Passion

July 10, 2014 Shelley Nielsen IndustryReader's CornerShelley's Articles

This article is compliments of Paul Miller; Retired wood boat builder; Hobby furniture maker. Paul also writes for Lumber Jock (LJ) Blog as ‘Shipwright’.

“I love to think outside the box and I love to do things I’ve never tried before. Almost every project I start involves design as you go flexibility and at least a couple of things that I hope I can accomplish but that I’m not sure I can. I try to use local hardwoods when I can rather than commercial “store bought” material. I like that it gives a feeling of heritage to the piece.” PM

On a recent trip to Europe, Paul made a special visit to Les Fils de J. George in Paris.  He says “to some Paris may be the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, or the palace at Versailles…………….

They are fine and I did see them but the real attraction for me this trip was an old building out on Rue Gallieni where some of the last sawn veneer in the world can be found. I won’t get into singing the praises of this stuff here but suffice to say that at about ten times the price of the common sliced veneer what we see here is pretty special.

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Community Sponsorship Events

July 10, 2014 West Wind CompanyCustomer ProjectsEvents

Two lucky winners of these community events this past May/June walked away with a prize of $500 donated by West Wind. Check out a few photos from the events:

School of Trades & Technology Awards – Camosun College

Camosun College Trades & Tech Awards

Lars attended the Gala Evening and presented Melissa Miralles the Top Fine Furniture Student Award. Awarded to a graduating Fine Furniture student with the highest overall combined theory and practical marks. Congrats Melissa!

Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild – Explorations in Wood

Western Maple wardrobe by Alfons Laicher

We presented Alfons Laicher (for his stunning Western Maple wardrobe) our donated prize of $500.

Additionally, Congrats to our long-time customer, Keith Battersby for his fine representation of his Western Maple chair and table.

Western Maple chair by Keith BattersbyWestern Maple table by Keith Battersby


 

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Jan’s Day Off: Raven Hood Deck Re-Dressed

July 9, 2014 Jan Nielsen Jan's Day Off

We built in 1988 and moved into a home that was, at its best, considered 60% finished…at least in Shelley’s view.  Two out of three bedrooms were finished.  Kitchen had no upper cabinets; lower cabinets were just carcases with no shelving or doors.  Two out of three bathrooms were unfinished and for doors we hung old curtains.  Of course baseboards were nowhere on the horizon, but what we did have was a wonderful brand new 400 Sq.Ft. clear Yellow Cedar deck; specially built for my sister’s wedding in August 1989.  We were the hosts for this gala event!

***Note for any legally concerned readers.  We were authorized tenants with a proper occupancy permit well in place!

The Wedding Deck 1980's

The Wedding ~ The Deck ~ The 80’s

A little difficult to see because it’s so clearly yellow!

A little difficult to see because it’s so clearly yellow!

For twenty-six years it stood the demands of a typical family and multiple pets.  It was however plagued with problems due to corrosion of the fasteners causing rot.  The wood plugs let go, water seeped under and voila….water in a place that was not meant to be.

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