Copper Sinks in Santa Clara Del Cobre, Michoacán

Copper Sinks in Santa Clara Del Cobre, Michoacán

Wood…..Copper.  Copper…..Wood.   Not much in common with the exception that both are natural resources; both allow much expression of design and beauty; both call to Jan and Shelley.

This past March knowing that we were returning to the town of Pátzcuaro after 5-years, we came with measurements and a plan to return to the Village of Santa Clara Del Cobre.  The arts and crafts skills in the villages around Lake Pátzcuaro and elsewhere in Michoacán have been passed down to this day, becoming more finely honed with each successive generation, producing craftsmen who are among the finest in the country.

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26th Annual Richmond Carvers Society Carving Show

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.

Volume 56: Customer Projects

Thanks to this month’s contributors for submitting photos and details of there projects.

Yellow Cedar Chest

by David L Johnson

His photo also came with this lovely testimonial, thanks David!

Many months ago, you folks helped me in my search for some top-of-the-line yellow cedar for a carving project.  You found a log on North Vancouver Island. It was milled shipped to you, and you alerted me to its arrival. I came, selected some pristine timber and went away poorer but happy! The project was a wedding present for my son and now daughter-in-law. You asked if you could have a photo of the results, which delighted all concerned. Many thanks again to all of you for your fine service and knowledge.


Guitar & Douglas-fir Bar

Patrick Poulin made the beautiful guitar, it was a hobby project and will be his first and last guitar. Come on Patrick! We know talent when we see it!

Kevin Morrin made the bar top and had this to say about his West Wind experience:

I found a great slab of fir in your loft this fall, and you help plane and cut the mitres. It all came together really well and I’m really happy with how the bar top ended up looking. Thanks for the extra time spend addressing some issues with the measurements. On the hunt for another project now!

Great Kevin, you know where to find us!

guitar by patrick poulin douglas-fir bar

We shared Eric Letham‘s completed project last issue, this month we get a peak at his latest work-in-progress.

eric letham

Our customer Matt Dolmage was busy over the holidays with creating more beautiful guitars and speakers.

Beautifully crafted chair by Steve Kristoffy. This chair can be available on special order. Contact Steve if your interested in having one of these made for yourself!

chair by steve (2)

Jan’s Day Off: Jan’s “REAL” Day Off at Buttle Lake

Ralph River Provincial Campsite – Buttle Lake – Strathcona Park (Vancouver Island, BC)

overturned soup bowl candlestick

What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing as far as I was concerned, however, apparently my choice of stable candle holders was inappropriate. And thus another ‘project’ was born. Fast, Simple and Aesthetically Appropriate for the Outdoors.

So what does a good wood man do but find a piece of green cedar with the intention of carving out nicely sized holes to fit our candles.  At this point, now ask yourself who goes camping with a full set of carving tools?  Unfortunately the selected piece split and required repairs.  Naturally, slender willow branches were selected to bind the board.

DIY rustic candlestick DIY rustic candlestick

Nothing is more satisfying……so I’m told…….than a man sitting by his fire with his cigar whilst working with wood.

rustic candlestick holder

a patina of wax on the candle holder a patina of wax on the candle holder

A nice patina of wax build developed as more and more candles were used.

rustic candle holder Day and Night – Night and Day – All was right with the world.

Day and Night – Night and Day – All was right with the world.

rustic candle holder rustic candle holder

But all good things must come to an end and a fiery pyre was deemed an appropriate finale to our camping trip.

September Customer Projects Vol.54

Thanks for all of you who submitted your projects for this month’s newsletter, we continue to be impressed and inspired.

Nightheron Canoe

canoe customer project

Brad W. of Alberta built this Nightheron 18 canoe. Stripped with yellow cedar from us. His next project is a Prospector 15 using our western red cedar canoe strips. Nice work!

Baby Cradle


Ernest Wahl finished this cradle with some milling help from us. Just in time before his Grandaughter was born!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

Made from wood out of our shorts pile, these toys were winter projects for Robert Scott on Saltspring Island.

Guitars & More

speakers by matt dolmage

Summer projects by Matt Dolmage include guitars and some very cool retro speakers. Check out his online store!