Ralph River Provincial Campsite – Buttle Lake – Strathcona Park (Vancouver Island, BC)
What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing as far as I was concerned, however, apparently my choice of stable candle holders was inappropriate. And thus another ‘project’ was born. Fast, Simple and Aesthetically Appropriate for the Outdoors.
So what does a good wood man do but find a piece of green cedar with the intention of carving out nicely sized holes to fit our candles. At this point, now ask yourself who goes camping with a full set of carving tools? Unfortunately the selected piece split and required repairs. Naturally, slender willow branches were selected to bind the board.
Nothing is more satisfying……so I’m told…….than a man sitting by his fire with his cigar whilst working with wood.
A nice patina of wax build developed as more and more candles were used.
Day and Night – Night and Day – All was right with the world.
But all good things must come to an end and a fiery pyre was deemed an appropriate finale to our camping trip.
Thanks for all of you who submitted your projects for this month’s newsletter, we continue to be impressed and inspired.
Brad W. of Alberta built this Nightheron 18 canoe. Stripped with yellow cedar from us. His next project is a Prospector 15 using our western red cedar canoe strips. Nice work!
Ernest Wahl finished this cradle with some milling help from us. Just in time before his Grandaughter was born!
Planes, Trains and Automobiles!
Made from wood out of our shorts pile, these toys were winter projects for Robert Scott on Saltspring Island.
Guitars & More
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!
Our milling manager, Danny Schaftlein, deserves some major congratulations: he has been awarded Top 3rd Year Apprentice by AWMAC (the Architectural Woodworking Manufacturers Association of Canada).
He is continuing his studies this fall for his fourth year and we are beyond proud of his success so far! Send him your congrats
Peter Fortune is steam bending these visually interesting swings using our White Oak. This is what he says about the project:
“Basically we are producing outdoor furniture on campus to make design solutions that are one on one for students. These furniture pieces are swings that are also suspended sculptures and conversation pieces/starters.”
We can’t wait to see these come into fruition. Good luck with the project Peter!
Here is a map to where the benches will be placed so you can check them out yourself when they are complete!
This article is compliments of Paul Miller; Retired wood boat builder; Hobby furniture maker. Paul also writes for Lumber Jock (LJ) Blog as ‘Shipwright’.
“I love to think outside the box and I love to do things I’ve never tried before. Almost every project I start involves design as you go flexibility and at least a couple of things that I hope I can accomplish but that I’m not sure I can. I try to use local hardwoods when I can rather than commercial “store bought” material. I like that it gives a feeling of heritage to the piece.” PM
On a recent trip to Europe, Paul made a special visit to Les Fils de J. George in Paris. He says “to some Paris may be the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, or the palace at Versailles…………….
They are fine and I did see them but the real attraction for me this trip was an old building out on Rue Gallieni where some of the last sawn veneer in the world can be found. I won’t get into singing the praises of this stuff here but suffice to say that at about ten times the price of the common sliced veneer what we see here is pretty special.