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.
Jim Barker’s work seen first hand in the Hilton Village, Honolulu Hawaii
Our collaboration on this job with Jim Barker of Barker Manufacturing Inc. – Textured Millwork – Weathered – Burnt – Adze (Victoria, BC) began in January 2015. Destined for Honolulu – Hilton Village – Lagoon Tower, the delivery of this order became a bureaucratic struggle. Afrormosia – Pericopsis elata – Fabaceae (Leguminosae); sometimes called African Teak is under the radar of CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. To ensure the legality of harvesting practices, this means documentation must be produced every time the ‘wood’ crosses an international border.
It was a bit of a hunt to locate Jim’s handiwork but succeed we did. We spoke to the Sales Staff and they said they are wowed by the beauty of these pieces of furniture. It’s always satisfying to see ‘the art of wood’ well appreciated!!
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.
David Phillips of the Richmond Carvers Society would like us to remind all our talented wood carver customer about their upcoming show:
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: www.RichmondCarvers.com .
Please plan to exhibit, attend and support our show.