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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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“Puddleduck” Launch in 1984

“Puddleduck” Launch in 1984

In 1980, while pregnant with our first daughter, Jan started the lofting process for Puddleduck. She was a 21.5’ Howard Chappelle hull and Bill Garden topside; launched in 1984.  The young gentlemen on the sailboat are two fellows we hosted for 3-months through Canada World Youth.  This non-profit organization pairs Canada with a partner country; spending 3-months in both countries.  Participants live with host families, taking part in unique opportunities as a volunteer; discovering other cultures; learning another language.  Our token Canadian is Lloyd; Our Philippine friend is Greg.  We still keep in touch with Greg.

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