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My World of Wood

September 26, 2014 Shelley Nielsen Shelley's Articles

Wood is my world; the world that gives me an opportunity to exist; to raise a family; make my mark in life. The cycle of dependence is large and varied. It’s a world of relative grace and comfort thanks to that wood in those trees. Yet the term ‘wood’ is rather loosely used, and I often wonder what defines ‘wood’ in other people’s worlds.

How do we find wood useful? Could a rough board or an old stump qualify? Some suggest it would best be served in its original ‘tree’ state. Loved but untouched.

Culturally modified & will live to see another day.Culturally modified in a very utilitarian, one-time fashion.

(left) Culturally modified & will live to see another day. (right) Culturally modified in a very utilitarian, one-time fashion.

In a woodworker’s world is there an expectation that ‘wood’ needs to be re-manned; touched by human and/or machine ‘hands’ to be valued? Its form altered; enhanced? Or is wood……..trees…….best left alone; yet even mammals and birds; insects and amphibians do not leave trees unmarked. What is natural?

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FOR SALE: One Dream Too Many – $500

September 23, 2014 West Wind Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingBoat BuildingMarine

set of nymph canoe plans and build materials

Material to Build Two “Nymph” Canoes – Sold as one Complete Package – Includes:

Drawings from Guillemont Kayaks – One Set (Value $90)         

Wood Strips (Value $600):
Sitka Spruce (55 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Western Red Cedar (54 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Sapele Mahogany (41 strips) at 1/8” x ½” x 12’ long

MDF Strips (Value $160)
¾” MDF – Cut in strips for mould station
6 pieces at 16” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 8” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 1” x 8’ long

If you have the dream, this could bring you closer to it. Contact us if you are interested!

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Jan’s Day Off: Hot Tub Project

November 29, 2013 Jan Nielsen Jan's Day Off

Mocha Swirl Beachcomber Lives for Another Day

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#1 – 20-year old hot tub rebuild

#2 – Formerly the winter home to rats.  Re-foamed and lined with chicken wire. Fingers crossed.  We’d tried stainless steel cuttings from a metal lathe and copper pot scrubbers all around the base with no success.

#3 – New clear Western Red Cedar staving.

#4 – Good man hard at work.

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For Sale: Round Red Cedar Table Top

May 17, 2013 West Wind For SaleMilling

This custom 60″ round clear Red Cedar table top is for sale right now at West Wind.

$900 – includes an oiled finish. Contact us (1-800-667-2275) if you are interested!

round table top

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Danny’s Giant Red Cedar

March 5, 2012 West Wind Exploration

Giant Red Cedar

Giant Western Red Cedar discovered while bushwhacking in some pockets of old growth forests around Nitnat Lake!

Photo and Bushwhacking by Danny Schaftlein

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