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On Paying it Forward

On Paying it Forward

North Island College (NIC) – Furniture Design and Joinery

One of West Wind Hardwood’s mandates is to “Foster appreciation of fine woodworking skills, from novice to master craftsman.” 

And one of our goals is to share knowledge.  “We offer a combined 200+ years of custom woodworking, boat building and appreciation of wood. Our accumulated knowledge is invaluable and should be shared, with our customers AND our employees.  Danny Schaftlein, Milling Manager completed his Joinery Apprenticeship in November 2014. Joel, Tyler, Jordan and Dustin have since followed in his footsteps!”

We take pride in our passion for wood.  And as such, we are always happy when schools – of any level – reach out to us for support.

Beyond offering his skills to NIC, Nigel Atkin is an intuitive carver.  I suggest you visit his Instagram here.  Check out his bevy of otters ?

Additionally, check out NIC’s site to better understand what the college offers.

The following is submitted by Nigel Atkin, a carver and substitute instructor at North Island College in Port Alberni. We are grateful for his support of West Wind Hardwood and his willingness to share his knowledge with all with an interest and appreciation of wood.

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Great to be Involved

Great to be Involved

If you’ve been in business long enough, not only does the hair change colour but you find you’ve been involved in many interesting projects.  Two noteworthy products are recreationally related, and oddly both date back 20 to 30 years ago.  

We’ll start with the preservation of the 1927 Rocky Mountain excursion boat, International. She may be the oldest continuously operating wooden passenger vessel in North America; certainly, she is the oldest operating passenger vessel in Canada, and owned and operated by the Canadian Kretz/Robinson Family.

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The Origins of “Dulwen”

The Classic Wooden Power Boat That Launched in 1957

dulwen parks canada portland island

Well……what to my wondering eyes did we see…?

Jan and I spent a weekend anchored at Royal Cove – Portland Island and spotted some new Parks signage.  It was an “OMG” moment.  That’s our boat!

The photo of the boat is our boat minus a few visual alterations.  The aft steering station has been enclosed, the swim grid lengthened, and stainless guard rails installed.  We’ve turned a gas-engine runabout into a cozy year-round diesel-engine vessel.  As the fifth owner since 1957, we’ve enjoyed her for 20 years; many interior alterations have been made for comfort and safety. We’ve journeyed as far afield as The Broughton Archipelago several times.

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The Taproot Reaches 100 Incredible Issues!!

Volume 1 of The Taproot was born in October 2005. Seventeen years ago. WOW!! What a ride it’s been.
We are still alive and well; survivors of the last two COVID years. Back then, we talked about the same things we do today and are still passionate about all things wood. So, what has changed?!

We’ve followed the ebb and flow of trends. We have expanded our wood-working machinery and grown our value-added wood products to include all imaginable wild and woolly wood projects; such as live edge waterfall counters, tent poles and portable venue furniture, personal hygiene steam boxes, Vancouver Island-shaped Gift Plaques, World War I Tiger Moth parts (shipped to South Africa and New Zealand), piano parts for Steinway Pianos.

ship2shore magazine west wind hardwood
West Wind Hardwood is featured in Ship to Shore magazine, a guide for boaters visiting the beautiful Salish Sea on the West Coast of Canada. We <3 artists, small businesses & entrepreneurs 🙂
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Earth Day Fake News by Shelley

Earth Day Fake News by Shelley

Making The Most of Easter Weekend

Great Way to Celebrate Earth Day!

FAKE NEWS BY SHELLEY | FACT-CHECKING THE FACT-CHECKERS

Remember April is Fool’s Month, and we mustn’t take ourselves too seriously.  As well, Earth Day is intended to bring attention to the importance of protecting our environment, treating Earth respectfully and demonstrating the courage of our convictions.

I hope this brings a chuckle to your day.  And I would love to hear back from our readers.  Tell us if your fact-checkers recognize the truth of these photos. 

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Stampin’ Up! What Christmas Means to Me

Stampin’ Up! What Christmas Means to Me

This is a new section for our Newsletter. Jan and I were avid collectors as youngsters. And recently, we were touched by the Southern BC Flooding experienced by so many due to the ‘atmospheric rivers’ that dumped unprecedented amounts of rain. Although we did lose many vintage items due to our crawl space flooding, and the sad fact that Rubbermaid boxes do not float upright, we do acknowledge we are blessed by being warm, dry and on high ground, unlike so many of our fellow British Columbians.

In sorting through the papers, I discovered the Stamp Club Binders that Canada Post had for their Kids Club. Our girls ‘were volunteered’ to join 😉 by the parents. It was going through their collections that I realized Canada Post has paid tribute to our resource-based logging industry, wooden boats, trees and shrubs throughout the years.

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