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Danny’s Apprenticeship Year 3

November 28, 2013 West Wind CompanyStaff

Did you know Jan is sponsoring Danny Schaftlein – our Milling Manager – for his Joinery apprenticeship?  He has just completed his 3rd year at BCIT and found this year’s general focus to be on production methods, curved millwork, and drafting with AutoCAD.  His personal project was a mirror frame incorporating laminated and solids curved parts.  Can hardly wait to see the finished mirror once the glass is installed.  He has maintained a 95% average over the past 3-years.  We are very proud of him!!

He spent more time home on the weekends this year and became up close and personal with the BC Ferry schedule….or lack thereof ;-)  He did say that there were more apprentices representing Victoria this year.  Nice to see.

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Custom Counter Top

July 3, 2013 Jan Nielsen Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingJan's Day Off

I recently did some woodwork for my daughter Olivia. Here are some photos which detail the making of the kitchen island/dining table (black walnut and zebra wood) and the finished coffee table and matching end tables (all made from black walnut).

– Jan


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2013 Fine Furniture Class Exhibition – Camosun College

June 21, 2013 West Wind Events

Come out and support the Graduating Class of Camosun’s Fine Furniture program. On now, until June 28th, 8am-8pm daily.

Camosun Fine Furniture Exhibition

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Victoria High School’s Woodworking and Construction Program

January 16, 2013 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCustomer ProjectsIndustry

By our customer and Victoria High Teacher, Stewart Wheeler

Victoria High School’s woodworking and construction program starts at the grade 9 level and gives student’s the opportunity to take up to 7 different courses by the time they graduate. In grade 9 students do a simple table -600mm long by 285mm wide by 440mm high out of pine or another inexpensive wood. They will also build a giftbox using a choice of different woods. In grade 10, students will do a detailed display table that introduces a variety of wood joints and techniques – biscuited mitres, mortise and tenon, pocket holes, dados, rabbets, cross laps. They will also be introduced to turning on the wood lathes by producing a simple bowl. The last required project is a box of their selection out of a “Box by Box” book from Lee Valley which has a range of boxes that vary in difficulty.

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Danny’s Apprenticeship

November 24, 2011 West Wind ExplorationStaff

A Journey into Journeymanship.

Do you know what a Joiner is? A Joiner will layout, machine, assemble, install and finish products that are fabricated from wood, plastics and other materials. Many of these processes will combine conventional techniques with automated (CNC/CAD/CAM) procedures.
As an example, joiners work in these areas:

  • Architectural Woodwork (Millwork)
  • Cabinets
  • Commercial furnishings
  • Residential furnishings
  • Yacht interiors
  • Specialty items

To become a certified journeyperson, you need to complete four years of apprenticeship training. Apprenticeship is a time-proven method of acquiring skills in the trade by combining technical in-school instruction with practical on-the-job training. Apprenticeship training is the best method for passing along trade skills from one generation to the next.
From the mouth of Danny:

“I’m looking forward to learning something new and spending time in the big city!”

Beyond acing his exams to date, Danny’s taken time to explore the Sloquet hot springs.  Here are his thoughts:

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