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.
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.