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!
We shared Eric Letham‘s completed project last issue, this month we get a peak at his latest work-in-progress.
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!
Ralph River Provincial Campsite – Buttle Lake – Strathcona Park (Vancouver Island, BC)
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.
Nothing is more satisfying……so I’m told…….than a man sitting by his fire with his cigar whilst working with wood.
A nice patina of wax build developed as more and more candles were used.
Day and Night – Night and Day – All was right with the world.
But all good things must come to an end and a fiery pyre was deemed an appropriate finale to our camping trip.
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!
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
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
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.
Russian artist Sergei Bobkov creates truly unique wood sculptures, so-life like it’s incredible. He uses wood from a Siberian tree, a type of red cedar, and soaks the chips in water for several days.
These intricate sculptures takes him about 6 months working 10 hours a day. What is even more incredible is that he was offered $17,000 for a piece and declined, saying his art is “not for sale”. Proof his work feeds his soul, not his pocket book, and we find that refreshing!
We purchased a Chinese Pepper tree about 20+ years ago. The tree flourished and grew with the exception of some significant branches that didn’t survive this past winter; one of our many winter casualties this year. Shelley trimmed them and left along the drive way; hoping it might catch the eye of someone for removal. And someone did! However, that person, being a true wood addict, thought some use could be found. It took a week of walking past these branches before I came up with the idea of a tree bench.
This past Sunday afternoon, after “Shelley” chores J I spent an hour in my shop. I used the ‘develop-as-you-go’ design process. And one hour later, voila, my tree bench now sits outside the Flooring Gallery – Joel’s habitat. Beyond Joel, it attracts birds…………….and other assorted folk. In its natural environment, it’s the host plant for several of Japan’s indigenous swallowtail butterfly species. We see this in the garden at home throughout the summer. And the bench is quite nice to sit on!
Also known as a Japanese pepper and Japanese prickly ash; botanically it is “Zanthoxylumpiperitum”. It is a deciduous aromatic spiny shrub/small tree with a distinctly citrus smell to the leaves. Wicked spikes!! The plant is important commercially. The pulverized mature fruit (peppercorns) is the standard spice for sprinkling on broiled eel. It is also one of the seven main ingredients of the blended seven spice called shichimi. In all the year we’ve had this tree; it only developed the peppercorns once. Sadly, we didn’t realize we had a viable cash crop at that time, and every year since we cross our fingers.
Ove Nielsen (Jan & Lars’ Dad) is a master ship model builder. Here he shows us his M/V. Falcon Rock.
In Ove’s words:
The name of the Ship is ” M/V. Falcon Rock ” 1/2 ” scale, its about 25″ long, it is a Fisheries Patrol boat anno 1960, it is in private owner ship for the past 12 years and it is at the moment down in Cowichan Bay. It took about 400 Hrs to make, so I was burning the candle in both ends.