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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This wood is my absolute favourite of favourites. Quite simply, it has a richness that speaks to my senses like a fine cognac long-aged in French oak barrels, or perhaps your preference is Grand Marnier. My kitchen cabinets are made from yew, as are many of our doors here at West Wind Hardwood, and upon returning from time away, I am always struck by how extraordinary this richly coloured, unique wood is.
There are many, many species of yew; one of the more common is English yew. The name “Yew” comes from the Proto-Germanic “īwa-“and with a possible origination from the Gaulish “ivos” referring to the colour brown. Our local species is known as Pacific yew, western yew, American yew, Oregon yew, bow-plant, mountain mahogany.
Long associated with magic, death and rebirth/eternal life; attributed with magical and psychic abilities, yew was one of the ‘nine sacred woods’ used in the ritual fires of the Celts, and as a ‘totem’ tree by Celtic tribes. Reincarnation has always held a fascination for me; multiple lives and such. I hold the concept lightly having had no first-hand experiences but I was recently informed that I have lived three previous lives; my first as a female warrior in Pre-Roman Britain which I find curious considering the importance the yew tree held in these times. Perhaps some heed should be given to Hamlet’s words: ‘…There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’
It was our pleasure to sponsor, once again, the Island Chef’s Collaborative Food Fair. This year we supplied the 1200 serving plates with wine glass cut-outs seen below.
Customer Noel Lynam and Kathy Hayes; currently living in Kolonia, Pohnpei, Micronesia. Which is a sub-region of Oceania, consisting of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean close to the Philippines and Indonesia.
Noel and Kathy needed to make mast repairs to their boat and that is where West Wind came to the rescue! We shipped to them some Sitka Spruce and in turn received some lovely photos of their boat which is sure to be a vision when complete.