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3rd Annual Student Excellence Award Winners

3rd Annual Student Excellence Award Winners

Every school year-end we ask teachers to submit photos of deserving student projects to us for our Student Excellence Awards. Our staff votes on their favourites and the winners receive accolades in our newsletter and gift cards to West Wind. We always see the value in supporting young woodworking talent and promoting skills in the trades.

We had an amazing collection of submissions this year, it was even harder to judge because there were so many levels and variations in projects. All did fabulous work and the students should be proud! Here are the top projects and some honourable mentions:

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Customer Projects Vol: #100!

Enigma by Daniel Miller

Sailboat Retrofit by David Helland and accompanying note:

I worked on a Roberts 44 sailboat owned by John Clemens and we purchased quite a bit of materials from you including Aquaply, solid Honduras mahogany and Sapele and teak. John took her down the coast to Mexico in 2017 and then across the Pacific and down to NZ. He made it back up to the Philipines just before Covid hit and the boat has been there ever since. He is back in Victoria but hopes to return later in the year to continue his journey.

There are a couple of pics showing the partially gutted interior at the start of the refit. 

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Student Excellence Awards 2021!

Student Excellence Awards 2021!

We asked our shop teachers to nominate their deserving students for a chance to win some recognition and a grand prize of a $100 West Wind gift card. Our judges, employees of West Wind, including those who have completed their joinery apprenticeships had a tough time deciding the lucky prize recipient!

And The Winner Is:

Locklyn Patenaude – Kwalikum Secondary

Locklyn’s grade 11 projects included the garry oak box and the pictured black walnut and multiple wood table! Her teacher, Rob Gibbs, says she is now enrolled in a dual credit cabinetry course VIU for her grad year. Well done Locklyn!

2nd Place

Zane Henderson, GP Vanier Secondary School

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Festool Demo Day: Jan.22nd!

West Wind Hardwood is now a Festool dealer!

We’ve been using Festool products in our shop for years and have been nothing but impressed. We’re so impressed that we’ve decided to add Festool to our line of product offerings: Oli Natura oils, Ecopoxy, Deck Wise, flooring and of course, lumber and plywood.

Join us on January 22nd for a Festool Demo Day. Festool Reps will be on-site to showcase their line of tools and answer any questions.

RSVP not necessary but feel free to email us if you’ll show!