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August Milling Jobs

August Milling Jobs

Our summer has been incredibly busy with custom milling orders. Just look at all the cool pieces we got to create for our happy customers.

Custom Countertops

(Top) Yellow cedar live edge table top

(Clockwise from left) Walnut countertop with curved live edge | Western maple live edge maple mantles | Yellow cedar tabletop | Black walnut countertop to Whistler | Red Oak stair treads and nosings | Eastern Maple Butcher Block to Salt Spring Island | Black Walnut and Maple live edge countertop | Eastern maple butcher block countertop with sink cut out.

 

Stair Treads, Posts and Dowels

White Oak butcher block stair treads (left) Red Oak stair treads (right)

WHITE OAK BUTCHER BLOCK STAIR TREADS RED OAK TREADS

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Jan’s Day Off – “Yew” Need to Take Care

Jan’s Day Off – “Yew” Need to Take Care

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.

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