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Western Larch – Alpine Larch – Tamarack

Western Larch – Alpine Larch – Tamarack

What are larch trees?  Why are they special?
What are tamarack trees?  And why the confusion with Larch?

Larch (Larix spp.) trees have always been special favourites of mine — it’s that whole deciduous-conifer thing.  Members of the pine family (Pinaceae), they have soft green needles that turn brilliant yellow in autumn and then drop.  A conifer that is not evergreen. Not many trees that can make this claim to fame.

But let’s start with what does Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia mean to me in all of this?  Well, it wasn’t the Larch Forest that grows near Frosty Mountain in the Park.  For me, it was the family camping trips; the camping trip that put an end to BC camping road trips.  So much summer drizzle everywhere we went.  At 6 am, we woke to claps of thunder immediately overheard in Christina Lake Campsite.  We pulled tents and tarps down, stuffed the car and dashed in just as big, fat raindrops started to fall.  We rolled into downtown Grand Forks for breakfast; cafes were just opening.  We tumbled into the booth and while the waitress handed out menus, she commented: “oh you’re campers”.  What was the giveaway eau de cologne of campfire smoke and wet jackets?

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Richmond Maritime Festival

Richmond Maritime Festival

To celebrate Richmond’s historical connection with the sea, the 15th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival was hosted at the National Heritage Site – Britannia Shipyards in Steveston, BC – on July 28-29.  Over two days, landlubbers and sea-goers of all ages enjoyed activities that delighted one and all. There was local lore to discover, beautiful wooden boats to watch being built, opportunities to create your own work of art.  People brought their picnic blankets and baskets to enjoy whilst listening to the on-stage music, watch roving performers or simply people watch.

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West Wind Featured on HGTV Show “Worst to First”

West Wind Featured on HGTV Show “Worst to First”

We had the opportunity to showcase our custom countertops on the new HGTV show Worst to First. The premise is for a couple to purchase a not-so-pretty home on the block and with the help of a specialized team, turn it into the home of their dreams.

West Wind made this butcher block top to be the focal point of the kitchen/living area. It was installed and finished on site with Oli-Natura oil by the hosts.

See more photos of this home and even watch the entire episode on HGTV.

The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats

At the encouragement of friends, Jan and I visited the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) at South Lake Union (Seattle, WA) in February 2014.  This was a quiet Sunday morning; chilled by the previous evening’s dusting of snow and yet, it is a hub of hands-on learning year-round. Boat rentals, classes and workshops, field trips, lectures, and opportunities for direct experience on the water and at the docks are just a few of the things you’ll find when you visit.

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