Jim Barker’s work seen first hand in the Hilton Village, Honolulu Hawaii
Our collaboration on this job with Jim Barker of Barker Manufacturing Inc.– Textured Millwork – Weathered – Burnt – Adze (Victoria, BC) began in January 2015. Destined for Honolulu – Hilton Village – Lagoon Tower, the delivery of this order became a bureaucratic struggle. Afrormosia – Pericopsis elata – Fabaceae (Leguminosae); sometimes called African Teak is under the radar of CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. To ensure the legality of harvesting practices, this means documentation must be produced every time the ‘wood’ crosses an international border.
It was a bit of a hunt to locate Jim’s handiwork but succeed we did. We spoke to the Sales Staff and they said they are wowed by the beauty of these pieces of furniture. It’s always satisfying to see ‘the art of wood’ well appreciated!!
Russian artist Sergei Bobkov creates truly unique wood sculptures, so-life like it’s incredible. He uses wood from a Siberian tree, a type of red cedar, and soaks the chips in water for several days.
These intricate sculptures takes him about 6 months working 10 hours a day. What is even more incredible is that he was offered $17,000 for a piece and declined, saying his art is “not for sale”. Proof his work feeds his soul, not his pocket book, and we find that refreshing!
We purchased a Chinese Pepper tree about 20+ years ago. The tree flourished and grew with the exception of some significant branches that didn’t survive this past winter; one of our many winter casualties this year. Shelley trimmed them and left along the drive way; hoping it might catch the eye of someone for removal. And someone did! However, that person, being a true wood addict, thought some use could be found. It took a week of walking past these branches before I came up with the idea of a tree bench.
This past Sunday afternoon, after “Shelley” chores J I spent an hour in my shop. I used the ‘develop-as-you-go’ design process. And one hour later, voila, my tree bench now sits outside the Flooring Gallery – Joel’s habitat. Beyond Joel, it attracts birds…………….and other assorted folk. In its natural environment, it’s the host plant for several of Japan’s indigenous swallowtail butterfly species. We see this in the garden at home throughout the summer. And the bench is quite nice to sit on!
Also known as a Japanese pepper and Japanese prickly ash; botanically it is “Zanthoxylumpiperitum”. It is a deciduous aromatic spiny shrub/small tree with a distinctly citrus smell to the leaves. Wicked spikes!! The plant is important commercially. The pulverized mature fruit (peppercorns) is the standard spice for sprinkling on broiled eel. It is also one of the seven main ingredients of the blended seven spice called shichimi. In all the year we’ve had this tree; it only developed the peppercorns once. Sadly, we didn’t realize we had a viable cash crop at that time, and every year since we cross our fingers.
Ove Nielsen (Jan & Lars’ Dad) is a master ship model builder. Here he shows us his M/V. Falcon Rock.
In Ove’s words:
The name of the Ship is ” M/V. Falcon Rock ” 1/2 ” scale, its about 25″ long, it is a Fisheries Patrol boat anno 1960, it is in private owner ship for the past 12 years and it is at the moment down in Cowichan Bay. It took about 400 Hrs to make, so I was burning the candle in both ends.