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Here and Now: A Look Back at Jan’s Shop #2

Here and Now: A Look Back at Jan’s Shop #2

From Last Issue… but expanded!

This is where the dreams started. Jan’s first workshop – circa 1986. There a six-year accumulation of a little of this, a lot of that…..mostly hand-me-downs from both sides of the family. You’ll notice it is heated by a small wood stove donated by or possibly some remuneration paid to our friend, David Lye. Also, a very detailed-orientated woodworker. There’s a pair of Danish clogs by the wood stove; an ode to Danish “hygge”. They are generally all Jan ever wears whilst working out in the shop. He still has a pair he brought back from Denmark in 2009 and wears today.
As always after-hour projects were a mix of personal projects; the wooden tool boxes for his daughters, and business projects; the stools. There has never been a clear line between work for us and work for West Wind (which in reality is work for us too).
Our 21′ motor launch “Puddleduck” was lofted and built in this workshop. She was launched in 1986.
Jan’s Day Off: Refinished Vintage Sofa

Jan’s Day Off: Refinished Vintage Sofa

We bought this lovely little sofa through “UsedVictoria” this past summer.  She was built in the Boston in the mid-50’s and had great bones.  The leather was an awful cow-pie brown and the foam was hard as nails.  Jan took the leather off and re-stained the wood trim a ‘wenge’ colour.  Then we had Gregg’s Furniture reupholster in a fabulous faux red leather.  What a difference!!  Now it pops the room.

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Dear Deer: Go Away – Come Again Another Day

Dear Deer: Go Away – Come Again Another Day

We have a never-ending battle with the deer.  Lucy I managed to keep them at bay.  Lucy II didn’t bat an eye and they knew it.  We have a lovely little gateway entrance to our backyard, and over the years, we’ve tried all manner of fencing and barriers for both the deer and rabbits.  Recently, I thought Jan came up with a very clever ‘wood’ solution to repel the deer that is in keeping to the design:  Mid-century meets Asian Infusion.

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