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Customer Projects Vol: 54

November 20, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingBoat BuildingCustomer Projects

Herbert the Boat by Eric Letham

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Herbert is a Sam Devlin designed Candlefish 16 built out of Joubert marine mahogany using the stitch and glue method. Powered by a 20 horse outboard, it moves along nicely with two to three adults and a load of camping and fishing gear. The boat calls Shuswap Lake home, but has spent some time on the Pacific as well, chasing salmon and scenery. 

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Jan’s Day Off: The Ipe Bench

November 19, 2014 Jan Nielsen Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingIPEJan's Day Off

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Not saying that our “world of wood” is a man’s world.  Talent with the hands is not a gender specific trait; however, we do see our share of women trailing their men with less enthusiasm.  Being ever accommodating, Jan decided to build a place to rest.  As you can see it’s been well tested by the four-legged breed.  Not to be encouraged but…….Lucy’s looking pretty comfy.

Next time you pay us a visit, give the bench a try.

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Danny Wins Top 3rd Year Apprentice!

September 23, 2014 West Wind CompanyEventsStaff

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Our milling manager, Danny Schaftlein, deserves some major congratulations: he has been awarded Top 3rd Year Apprentice by AWMAC (the Architectural Woodworking Manufacturers Association of Canada).

He is continuing his studies this fall for his fourth year and we are beyond proud of his success so far! Send him your congrats

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Video: Custom and Specialty Milling Services

February 7, 2014 West Wind CompanyMillingSpecialty Wood Products

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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.

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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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