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Sandwich and Food Serving Boards

July 16, 2014 West Wind Specialty Wood Products

New Product: Sandwich Serving Boards or platters.

Dimensions: 5/8″ x 8.5″ x 17″

Available in Eastern Maple & Cherry – $15.00 each

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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!

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Vancouver Home & Garden Show

March 14, 2014 West Wind CompanyEventsProducts

Along with the usual Victoria Home Show, this year we attended the Vancouver Home and Garden Show for the very first time.

We documented the show and our booth well with these photos:

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Popular Flooring Trend: Pre-Oiled Flooring

February 13, 2014 West Wind Flooring

The February issue of Canadian House & Home magazine reported a popular new trend in choosing a low-sheen wax oil finish rather than a high gloss, urethane coat. This method is much more eco-friendly and has a more natural look.

At West Wind we carry a pre-oiled floor by Vintage, either wire brushed or a simple UV oil coat. Already have a wood floor or like to oil it yourself DIY style we have a selection of Hardwax oil finished from Oli-Natura.

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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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The Wood Market – Today….Tomorrow – For You and For Me

January 22, 2014 Shelley Nielsen CompanyHardwood & SoftwoodIndustryShelley's Articles

4-woodmarketwebAbout a month ago, we received an email from a supplier commenting on the strengthening US dollar and it’s affects on the increasing cost of lumber.  This is an upward trend that is a double-edged sword for Canada; a country reliant on exports and a robust trading partner with the US.

“The Hardwood Review Weekly has had two recent articles that offer an explanation as to why lumber has been in tight supply and prices have been on an increase.  Here is a condensed version covering their basic content:

“Overproduction No Longer Inevitable – Several Reasons Why Supply Won’t Overtake Demand Anytime Soon” by Andy Johnson, Editor

Source:  Hardwood Review Weekly, November 29, 2013 (Vol. 30, Issue 11)
Source:  Hardwood Review Weekly, December 6, 2013 (Vol. 30, Issue 12)

 

Supply Side Constraints to Increasing Production:

  • Fewer sawmills (many grade and tie mills  have closed and were dismantled)
  • Limited capital availability (credit requirements have tightened considerably for hardwood companies)
  •  Labour shortage (pool of qualified loggers, sawyers, graders and machine operators is quite low)
  • Highly competitive timber/log markets (rapidly rising lumber prices have mills eager to buy as much raw material as they can afford)

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