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Jan’s Day Off: The Tree Bench

May 15, 2014 Jan Nielsen Artwork & Hobby WoodworkingJan's Day Off

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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!

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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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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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Record Player Plays Wood Year Rings

September 13, 2012 West Wind Artwork & Hobby Woodworking

Years: by Bartholomäus Traubeck 

We love everything to do with wood. When we came across this talented young man’s invention we just had to spread the word!

Bartholomäus has successfully  translated year ring data to music on this ingenious record player that plays slices of wood. Check out his video.

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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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European Beech

January 13, 2012 Shelley Nielsen ExplorationHardwood & SoftwoodShelley's Articles

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Fagus sylvatica, the European beech or common beech, is a deciduous tree belonging to the beech family Fagacaea.  It has a natural range extending from southern Sweden though to central Italy, west to France, northern Portugal and central Spain.  Although oft regarded as a native in southern England, recent evidence suggests it did not reach here after until after the English Channel was formed in the ice ages.

It is a large tree, capable of reaching heights of up to 49 m and 3 m trunk diameter.  It has a typical lifespan of 150 to 200 years, though sometimes up to 300 years. The appearance varies according to its habitat and forest conditions; it tends to have a long, slender light-gray trunk with a narrow crown and erect branches; in isolation with good side light, the trunk is short with a large and widely spreading crown with very long branches.

The leaves of beech are often not dropped in the autumn and instead remain on the tree until the spring. This particularly occurs when trees are are clipped as a hedge (as commonly seen in Denmark).

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