Jan’s Day Off: Puddleduck

Built by Jan during our early years of family life and marriage, I think it kept him focused and sane.

She has a Howard Chappelle  21’6” fisherman’s launch hull and a William Garden designed cabin structure. Eighteen hundred hours were spent on her creation; starting with the lofting in 1981. Carvel planked of Western Red Cedar with splined seams over traditional steam-bent oak ribs.

Two Year Old Olivia leaning against the Hull Frames

Two Year Old Olivia leaning against the Hull Frames

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VOL. 59 – Customer Projects

VOL. 59 – Customer Projects

The Scouts have finally finished the boats we started nearly two years ago and wanted to get these photos of the boys taking them out on Beaver Lake earlier this month.  It was a perfect evening to go out and the boys really enjoyed themselves.  The sense of pride in their faces knowing that they build something that actually floated was great to see.

I would like to thank you again on behalf of the 3rd Douglas Scout Group for your generous donation of material to make this project happen.


Mike Dwyer

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Jan’s Day Off: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Jan’s Day Off: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

What happens when you’ve lived in a wood house for over 25 years AND you’re next to a CRD park full of trees? More specifically the question is what doesn’t happen?!

My lovely little “Sori-bashi” – bridge with an arched appearance – was literally falling about after 20 years.  Made of yellow cedar, it was riddled with bugs; even two of the treated rail-road ties had been eaten to bits.

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Customer Projects Vol.58


We have some talented customers! This is someone’s layup of there next project…


Poetic Justice – an innovative idea by Bruce Obee of North Saanich, BC

The dreaded miracle moulding has made a comeback as something useful—a drying rack for oiled fir.

Sailboat by Roy Morford after selling his Acorn 15 he built this next (with meranti ply from us). He’s starting to build a new sailboat, an Argie 15.

This Old House: Master Bedroom Reno


Part III in the saga of the renovating of our milling manager Danny’s house! He shows us his work on his newly completed the reno on the master bedroom.

Part I: Floor Refinishing
Part II: Window Sill Replacement

He has lots more work to do so stay tuned!

This winter we restored the plaster walls and ceiling in the master bedroom using a method that involves drilling holes around loose sections of plaster and injecting glue. The glue reattaches the loose plaster back to the lathe. The walls are now solid again! We decided to restore the plaster rather than remove and drywall because of the mess involved. And in my opinion the plaster is a better product!


Plaster is more mold and fire resistant than drywall and also more soundproof plus the character of plaster was important to us.

We stripped paint from the original door window shelf and I built new closet doors.