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.
Two lucky winners of these community events this past May/June walked away with a prize of $500 donated by West Wind. Check out a few photos from the events:
School of Trades & Technology Awards - Camosun College
Lars attended the Gala Evening and presented Melissa Miralles the Top Fine Furniture Student Award. Awarded to a graduating Fine Furniture student with the highest overall combined theory and practical marks. Congrats Melissa!
Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild – Explorations in Wood
We presented Alfons Laicher (for his stunning Western Maple wardrobe) our donated prize of $500.
Additionally, Congrats to our long-time customer, Keith Battersby for his fine representation of his Western Maple chair and table.
We built in 1988 and moved into a home that was, at its best, considered 60% finished…at least in Shelley’s view. Two out of three bedrooms were finished. Kitchen had no upper cabinets; lower cabinets were just carcases with no shelving or doors. Two out of three bathrooms were unfinished and for doors we hung old curtains. Of course baseboards were nowhere on the horizon, but what we did have was a wonderful brand new 400 Sq.Ft. clear Yellow Cedar deck; specially built for my sister’s wedding in August 1989. We were the hosts for this gala event!
***Note for any legally concerned readers. We were authorized tenants with a proper occupancy permit well in place!
For twenty-six years it stood the demands of a typical family and multiple pets. It was however plagued with problems due to corrosion of the fasteners causing rot. The wood plugs let go, water seeped under and voila….water in a place that was not meant to be.
“Not only is she beautiful as boats go with her fine lines, but she is also a fine sailing boat, fast for her size, gentle to handle, and extremely seaworthy. And she is a lucky boat, too, in that her owners have always, somehow, managed to maintain her, repair her, and restore her in such a way that she is now fully restored, still sailing, and still looking beautiful.”
- H.C. Charlesworth (Former Owner), Dorothy I, A Sailor’s Legacy.
Dorothy experienced 11 owners in her life before her donation to the Maritime Museum of B.C. in 1995. Under the auspices of the MMBC, she sailed proudly until February 2003 when she was taken out of the water in February 2003 and put into storage.
For nine years she stayed dry-docked at the SALTS tallship society. Hard decisions had to be made about her care. The Museum was rapidly being drained of the legacy fund to storage fees, but a full restoration was extremely expensive and they were unlikely to find someone to do it for what they could afford. Dorothy waited.
“When a person reaches that time in their life when they possess a rich storehouse of experience and skills in a particular sphere, I believe they are almost duty-bound to pass on that knowledge for the benefit of future generations.” - Tony Grove
Master shipbuilder Tony Grove (see Dorothy Sails article above) will be spreading his wealth of knowledge to other promising woodworkers and shipwrights in his new school on Gabriola Island.
Designed for novices as well as advanced, courses will focus on woodworking skills and techniques for the marine environment with a few non-marine programs mixed in. All skills learned will be transferable to general woodworking.
He is now accepting students and course suggestions for next summer. Visit the school’s website at thegroveschool.ca.
Thanks to Tony Grove for use of his photos.