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My World of Wood

September 26, 2014 West Wind Shelley's Articles

Wood is my world; the world that gives me an opportunity to exist; to raise a family; make my mark in life. The cycle of dependence is large and varied. It’s a world of relative grace and comfort thanks to that wood in those trees. Yet the term ‘wood’ is rather loosely used, and I often wonder what defines ‘wood’ in other people’s worlds.

How do we find wood useful? Could a rough board or an old stump qualify? Some suggest it would best be served in its original ‘tree’ state. Loved but untouched.

Culturally modified & will live to see another day.Culturally modified in a very utilitarian, one-time fashion.

(left) Culturally modified & will live to see another day. (right) Culturally modified in a very utilitarian, one-time fashion.

In a woodworker’s world is there an expectation that ‘wood’ needs to be re-manned; touched by human and/or machine ‘hands’ to be valued? Its form altered; enhanced? Or is wood……..trees…….best left alone; yet even mammals and birds; insects and amphibians do not leave trees unmarked. What is natural?

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Camping In Clayoquot Arm

March 14, 2014 West Wind Exploration

Danny, our milling manager, brought back some stunning images from his camping trip to Claypquot Arm this past January.

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Big Trees – Big Dreams

September 26, 2013 Shelley Nielsen ExplorationIndustryShelley's Articles

Ballet on Water – Pas de Poisson – Photos by Jan and Shelley Nielsen

Ballet on Water – Pas de Poisson – Photos by Jan and Shelley Nielsen

Jan and I have traveled north – beyond on the rapids – to The Broughton Archipelago on three occasions since 2004.  We have always been the smallest, oldest and most wooden boat up there.  It is a go-to destination for yachts, mega-yachts and super-mega yachts without a doubt.

Being ‘bookie’ people, we have quite a library aboard.  We collect books on natural and cultural history, on local stories – from then and now and of course, the various boating bibles on the go-to destinations.  If you read my articles, you’ll know we love to mix travel and timber-talk as much as possible…..and what better occasions to see the industry in action.  These books spin a tale of hard work and the pioneering spirit, industry growth and decline…..and reinvention.  Up in the Broughton’s, you can ‘live’ history.

I have discovered a fabulous synopsis of the History (150 Years) of the Forest Industry in BC.  This is credited to The Historical Thinking Project at www.historicalthinking.ca.  This project is committed to the incorporation of historical thinking into curriculum, classrooms and educational resources.  Can’t argue that!

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Pender Island, BC – A Hotbed for Wood Enthusiasts

September 25, 2013 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingBoat BuildingMarine

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This summer, Jan and I have spent a number of days boating our local waters on Dulwen.  We became reacquainted with Pender and Saturna Islands.  Pender offered a couple of interesting venues for the boaters and woodworkers alike.

Firstly there was the first ever Hope Bay Boat Fest in June. This event was a great opportunity for wooden boat aficionados.  Stay tuned for 2014, it will only be better and West Wind hopes to be involved.

Secondly, the Fall Fair in August offered a slice of old country style farm fun.  Congratulations to customers, David MacKenzie and Sergei Petrov for their winning entries in the Wood Working Division.

 

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More From Micronesia

September 13, 2012 West Wind Boat BuildingCustomer Projects

In our last issue (Volume 41) and post we had written about Noel Lynam and Kathy Hayes; currently living in Kolonia, Pohnpei, Micronesia. Who are in the process of making repairs to their sailboat. We asked to know more about them and their story, so here it is:

* photos taken in Canada, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, and working on the boat in Pohnpei.

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Danny’s Giant Red Cedar

March 5, 2012 West Wind Exploration

Giant Red Cedar

Giant Western Red Cedar discovered while bushwhacking in some pockets of old growth forests around Nitnat Lake!

Photo and Bushwhacking by Danny Schaftlein

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