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.
What happens when you mix German beech , BC Yellow Cedar, Stanford university, a Russian woodworker (based in San Francisco) and West Wind Hardwood? Last summer we manufactured 15,000 square feet of Beech and Yellow Cedar flooring. The wood was destined for a concert hall on the Stanford campus in California. This summer we had the opportunity to meet the contractor and see the installation first hand.
Alex Medvedev, owner of EH Floors Inc. was contracted to supply and install wood flooring inside the hall. We met up at his office in San Francisco and from there headed south to see the project.
If you live on Vancouver Island, you have a deck or patio and have some nasty chairs and tables. If you are a woodworker on Vancouver Island, winter is the time – the gardens are done and the fishing is waning.
Two winters ago, my dear friends asked me to build some deck chairs and a small table for their cabin. Their cabin is on a small island in the Gulf. I tried to entice them with the prospects of Ipe or Sapele, but their wishes were for something lighter, so anyone could lift the pieces and store them away. My friends had an article from a very old magazine that had a rough plan to work from. My good friends were both born and have lived on the Island all their lives. They like local.
So, off to West Wind Hardwood. Yellow Cedar was the choice: light and very strong, and durable for the ages. We bought some gorgeous large slabs of cedar.
I buy small amounts of quality wood from West Wind. I look for the wood of the highest quality and grain. To finish, my camera work sucks, the woodwork is great and the basic wood is the best.
A Communal Resident
It’s a given that my mission, when on holidays, is to take tree and/or wood-related pictures for our newsletter…and what an opportunity Strathcona Park gave us. This past September, found us on our annual tenting holiday; just before the park closed its gates for the winter. We came prepared, both mentally and physically, for full-day hikes of 5-6 hours; weather permitting. And thus we made a 6-hour round trip trek to Bedwell Lake; bringing us into the sub-alpine; home to the yellow cedar tree.
Although comfortable at lower elevations especially in the mid or north coastal regions, the yellow cedar is most common at higher elevations.
As we walk along, I’m constantly asking what tree is this or that. Of course, I never remember and why should I? I have my handy-dandy walking reference………..better than an IPAD or smart phone; don’t have to worry Wi-Fi hot-spots!