From Air to Water

March 23, 2015 West Wind Boat BuildingIndustryShelley's Articles

In Memoriam

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air-to-water-largeMy father (1919-2013) was born with salt water in his veins.  Boats were it for him.  And although not formally trained as a naval architect he was a self-taught boat designer and member of the Society of Small Craft Designers.  My childhood holds memories of him spending long evenings – night after night – hunched over his drafting table deep in the dungeon of our basement.

One of his customers was William (Bill) Smith – an airborne pilot and member of the BC Forest Service.  Bill had a dream and came to dad.  Together they came up with a design and a plan.  Unfortunately, he contracted Lou Gehrig’s Disease and as I was still ‘knee high to a grasshopper’ my details are sketchy.  I do however remember the hours both my Dad and Bill spent on this project.  Sadly Bill died far too young before achieving his dream.

I do not recall what happened to Bill’s family or the boat – which was never finished.  I do have a vague recollection of Margaret (Bill’s wife) finding a seller for the hull.  As I was sorting through my dad’s boxes and file cabinets (I’m talking income taxes from 1957; utility bills from the 80’s) I did come across this photo (below right) and felt it deserved sharing.

We all have dreams.  Certainly Jan has more than his fair share.  Long may they live.  And if we only see a quarter to closure, we are surely blessed.


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The BC Home and Garden Show 2015

March 19, 2015 West Wind EventsFlooringHardwood & SoftwoodMilling

Our second time going to this show and exhibiting our products (flooring, decking and milling more prominently). We had a great attendance, maybe it was the great weather? But overall we were pretty pleased!

Jan and Joel showed of our new booth display that was milled and constructed in-house. Check it out:



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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: .

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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