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UBC Sculpture Swings by Peter Fortune

July 11, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCustomer Projects

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!

Swing bench map UBC Vancouver

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Community Sponsorship Events

July 10, 2014 West Wind CompanyCustomer ProjectsEvents

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

Camosun College Trades & Tech Awards

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

Western Maple wardrobe by Alfons Laicher

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.

Western Maple chair by Keith BattersbyWestern Maple table by Keith Battersby


 

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A Little Body Sculpting to an Old Girl

May 16, 2014 West Wind Boat BuildingCustomer ProjectsReader's Corner

by guest blogger Ian McMurdo

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A Fraser River Gillnetter built at Albion Boatworks in 1962.  Originally gas-powered, converted to Perkins diesel 6-354 in the mid 80′s along with other technological goodies of the time such as Wagner hydraulic steering and autopilot.  A friend (former boss of mine) bought her from a retired fisherman about 15 years ago with the idea that converting this boat for pleasure use would be his retirement project.  He had built a 22′ cold molded sport fisher in the past.  When I worked for him about 10 years ago we did some work on this boat and his sport-fisher at that time.  I had to quit to go back to university, but we remained friends and four years later when I graduated and moved back to Vancouver he offered me half the boat in exchange for helping him to “finish” the project.

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March Customer Projects – Vol. 51

March 19, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCompanyCustomer Projects

We’re still reeling from excitement for the all the gold medals won by Canada’s Olympic Team, including those in Men’s and Women’s curling. Congratulations to everyone!

These curling rocks were made by our customer Francis Gaetz (250-723-6171) out of our eastern maple. Thanks for sending this in. Great work!

Floor Curling Rocks


 

This is a reproduction of a Gustav Stickley mission bench in quarter-sawn flaked White Oak by Tom Paille, Deep Bay, B.C

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Building Hope Chests

January 22, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingCustomer ProjectsReader's Corner

Written by Guest Blogger, Kyle Gardiner.


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I have built chests for grandchildren Akira and Reiko to provide places for them to keep things precious to them. In Reiko’s case that would be things typical of a hope chest. A boy’s interests are necessarily different, and although Akira’s chest is identical, it was built with the vague notion that it would, with the addition of interior furnishings, perhaps be a tool box; maybe even for my tools some day. That would be a hopeful legacy. Or maybe, with suitable Kanji, a hope chest for some future generation.

DESIGN

Design ideas began with the hope chest I built for Mama Lynne in 1966. An improved design would be smaller, better proportioned, built of better materials and with better workmanship, embody finer construction details, and be more accommodating of expansion and contraction issues with wood. Designs were explored on the internet, and through publications. Particularly good examples were featured in a book entitled “Traditional Style Tool Chests” from the West Vancouver Library.

Dimensions evolved from comparisons of various chests to Lynne’s 1966 one, of finding pleasing proportions, and consideration that any chest should fit across the end of a single bed, be of a height comfortable to sit on, and maybe be serviceable as a coffee table.

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January Customer Projects

January 21, 2014 West Wind CompanyCustomer Projects

We’re featuring three amazing artists this month:

Mathieu Colleret

His beautiful Alder island countertop was made for a client.

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Matt Dolmage

The guitars are both made of cherry (one is solid cherry, the other is a cherry top on MDF).  The guitar with the bent strips of wood has strips of padouk, purpleheart, oak and poplar.  The guitar with the wider inlaid pieces has pieces of walnut, bubinga, and western maple in it.  The cutting board is eastern maple with strips of padouk and yellowheart.

Steven Pollack

Dining Room Table made from concrete, steel, aluminum, Douglas Fir

Architect Leith Anderson called me to help with the build of a fireplace wall feature seen in (PROJECT 1 – IMAGE 1). To complement a fireplace wall, I was also asked to design and build a dining table. On a day trip to Tofino, I drew inspiration from the location itself. The house is nestled on a cliff overlooking Rosie Bay and with spectacular views of the ocean. Like most West Coast homes, wood is a prominent material of choice and this home has no shortage of large fir beams with beautifully displayed joinery. The choice of Douglas Fir wood for the table was easy. The homeowners also collected native art. To represent water, I decided on metal to provide a shimmer on the table while also giving some contrast. My choice was to cast a floating concrete “tablet” in the center of the table. This tablet would then rest on a pair of concrete legs that anchor and proudly support the table. I commissioned native artist Mark Preston to provide authentic Native art work that I then incorporated into the table and fireplace.

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