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!
Academics * Trades * Sailing * Recreation.
(Pictures supplied by Tyler Caddell)
This is a unique new program for Parkland Secondary, and the Parkland Marine Institute offers more than just fun………….though it is a lot of fun too!
The Marine Institute at Parkland Secondary gives students a range of opportunities. It allows students to earn post-secondary credits and apprenticeships as well as earning certifications
required for work………….or purely for recreational use also.
The marine industry is a major employer in our region and like other industries, has become a complex, high-tech enterprise which generates a demand for skilled employees in a variety of areas. This program offers students a chance to go hands on with their education.
Do you have an interest in and a passion for sailing? Here’s an opportunity to earn graduation credits and various levels of certification through a combination of classroom-based instruction and “real’ on-the-water experience. The area surrounding Sidney offers students a wealth of opportunities to explore the BC coastline as well as the recreational perks that come along with sailing opportunities at the Marine Institute.
This year’s trip was again at Montague Harbour, Galiano Island. A beautiful site and what gorgeous weather we had! Got to witness an amazing sunset and went boating around the islands. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!
By West Wind’s Danny Schaftlien
These beautiful photos were supplied to us from our milling manager, Danny. Crystal clear, aquamarine water and ancient Ottoman ruins. What a fantastic locale for boating!
Our customer, Janet, tells us about her beautifully finished kitchen in her own words:
I used Aniline water based stain on the Eastern Maple, mixing equal parts of golden oak and honey amber then slightly less of russet amber to get a hint of red. I had much more success in getting even colouring on both the maple plywood and the solid.
We did a shaker style door and I used a Kreg pocket hole jig to assemble the doors. Not probably as strong as woodworkers joints but they were strong enough for the purpose.
The project was a long one (one year) but well worth it.
Joel Radford, Flooring Manager says:
“Overall the show seemed worthwhile. Of the three days Saturday was the busiest with lots of people. Lots of newbies discovering West Wind products for the first time and took brochures/cards. The improved booth had a positive impact. The countertops etc. showed a more fleshed out picture of our products and were a great way to engage with attendees.”
We’re expanding to the Vancouver Home/Garden/Design Show. There are choices folks: Spring vs. Fall. Do you have a thought? Where there’s an opinion, there’s a willing ear. Let us know by answering this poll:
You can also drop Joel an email to email@example.com.