Paul Harder Bronze Works (and a Little Bit of Wood Too)

Paul Harder Bronze Works (and a Little Bit of Wood Too)

Paul Harder is a bronze sculptor with a charming countryside studio located in Deep Cove. Paul has a passion for creating west coast wildlife and marine creatures.

One of his specialties is the design and fabrication of custom-made coffee and dining room tables that incorporate bronze, glass and wood.  Working with Jan and West Wind Hardwood the most recent example of one of Paul`s creations is the Octopus Burl Table shown here.  This table started with an old burl collected by the client several years ago. Jan and his team restored and milled the burl and Paul created the supporting structure using three giant bronze octopus tentacles. The table has a glass inset with a smaller feature octopus suspended from the underside of the table. This is a one of kind piece and definitely a conversation starter that now lives on Piers Island.

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Jan’s Day Off: The Best Laid Plans of Mice, Men and Jan

Jan’s Day Off: The Best Laid Plans of Mice, Men and Jan

What does one do when a year’s worth of planning takes a huge slide to the nether regions of “don’t know when now”? Our plans to cross Canada in the tear-drop trailer for Perth, Ontario’s 200th Anniversary have sadly been postponed for 2016. Perhaps, we’ll manage a celebratory trip for Perth’s 201st.

The trailer bits and pieces – still in view as a gentle reminder – are lovely stored to make room for the next-in-line project. This is a project that should have taken place when the house was originally built in 1988. It’s a project that we’ve talked about forever knowing it would make it to the ‘to-do’ list when the time was right. Our upstairs bathroom now has a view with two new windows that open. WOW!! The light; the air circulation… and I’m still shaking my head with wonder as to why didn’t we do this sooner.

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Jan’s Day Off: The West Wind Flyer

Jan’s Day Off: The West Wind Flyer

This is not Jan’s Day Off – This is Jan’s Month(s) Off.

It’s been talk for many, many years.  Then justification made it a reality.

  1. Perth, ON was celebrating its 200th Anniversary as a Military Settlement this year.

As Jean S. McGill wrote in her earlier book:  A Pioneer History of the County of Lanark, “The industrial revolution of the century previous had continued to displace tradesmen and craftsmen throughout the British Isles. Now, with the end of the War … , Great Britain was overrun with discharged soldiers also seeking employment. Something had to be done quickly ….”

Second, …the British Government had recognized that a loyal population must be established inland away from the St. Lawrence ‘front’ as a second line of defence in any future (American) threat.”

  1. Shelley’s ancestors were in the first wave of Scottish immigrants in 1816.

Opening the uncharted area north of the Rideau system offered a creative, if challenging, solution to both problems. In early 1815, the British Government commenced an emigration program that offered land and support, including transportation, to families from Scotland, joined by discharged soldiers, willing to take up a new life in this isolated part of Upper Canada.

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Vol.62 Customer Projects

Vol.62 Customer Projects

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!!

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Australia: My Country

Australia: My Country

“I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding plains”


by Dorothea Mackellar Originally titled “Core of my Heart”

 

Australia may not be ‘my’ country but my youngest daughter lives there, and her heart is in Australia.  Nor was Australia on my ‘bucket list’ prior to her relocation but having just spent 4-weeks enjoying Western Australia, I know I’ve left something behind and I’ll be back, no question!

Jan read Bill Bryson’s book “In a Sunburned Country”; I’ve just finished it.  It’s apparent we are in awe of this country.  So little is known; so much yet to explore; so many wondrous things to experience.  Absolutely loved the dry heat!  Let me say unequivocally, “moss doesn’t grow there” and I’m a Vancouver girl – born and bred.

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