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.
(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?
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!
Mocha Swirl Beachcomber Lives for Another Day
#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.
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!
Giant Western Red Cedar discovered while bushwhacking in some pockets of old growth forests around Nitnat Lake!
Photo and Bushwhacking by Danny Schaftlein