Reader's Forum - Yellow Cedar Deck Chairs - West Wind Hardwood

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.[simpleviewer gallery_id=”9″]

Written by Bill Howard
Trained in forestry (B.Sc.) and economics (M.A.) Specializing in BC woods, Douglas-fir and salvage.


  1. Great project! Did you follow plans from somewhere that I could know about? I would love to replicate these!

    1. Thank you Paul! Bill has many years experience working with wood. I will certainly pass on your comment to him! Thanks again for reading.

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