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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!

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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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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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Marine Restoration and Boat Repair

September 24, 2013 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingBoat BuildingMarine

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.

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Corporate Camp-Out 2013!

July 19, 2013 West Wind CompanyEventsStaff

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! 

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Boating in Turkey

May 17, 2013 West Wind Exploration

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!

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