As I was told by Ove, and gracing me the fact that I may have disremembered the finer details, of plans to emigrate from Denmark to Canada, were confirmed. Officials told Ove that settling in Quebec could not be stressed enough as after all; there were only wild forests and lumberjacks in British Columbia. In 1960, the West Coast was considered a woolly, unrefined place to live and raise a family. Eventually, the day came in the late 60’s with the rise of the FLQ, Ove’s dreams were fulfilled and the Nielsen Family moved to British Columbia.
Don’t Ask! Just let it be known there is another project in the stew pot. Fairly major and all encompassing. Furniture is required for this project; the flavour is West Coast. Jan’s choice of wood is Pacific Yew. I know it’s one of my favourites.
Jan had forgotten the toxicity of yew wood and felt it was extremely important to remind our readers of the care required. The dust attacked his respiratory system. I would liken it to a severe asthma attack; wheezing, shortness in breath, mucus build-up, and headaches.
The leaves and seed are toxic. Sheep and cattle have died as a result of eating these; humans also. The toxin which causes the problem is taxine, and it is present in the wood. Yew is used widely by turners, and goodness knows how many yew vessels are used for fruit, or eating and drinking from.
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.