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Coastal Nostalgia 1939

Advertisement Page as Seen In Pacific Motor Boat – October 1939 – Sold for 25¢

Edwin Monk, Sr. was a prolific Pacific Northwest shipwright and naval architect. He was active from 1914 to 1973 designing pleasure and commercial vessels, both power, and sail. Our 35’ Dulwen was designed by Ed for DULcie and OWEN Fowler of Victoria, BC; philanthropist, inventor and 2nd Commodore of Capital City Yacht Club. She was built by Philbrook’s Boatyard (before they moved to Sidney, BC) in 1957. Ed visited the boatyard to ensure this customized design was flowing well, however, the cost overrun of about $1200 made quite the stir at that time.

Ed was 24 years senior to William (Bill) Garden, who was also a world-renown Pacific Northwest naval architect and marine engineer. We’ve talked about various aspects of Bill’s life in our newsletter over the years. Check it out! Bill’s older brother, Lorne Garden partnered with Ed Monk from the late ’40s into the ’50s. Bet Oliver’s book, ‘Ed Monk and the Tradition of Classic Boats’ mentions that Lorne’s signature is on a lot of their file drawings. It is said, “He was a very good stylist, just like his brother, Bill. In “Yacht Designs (1977), Bill mentions that his much-admired perspective drawings were done using a method “developed with my brother Lorne and based on a Royal Air Force method of making identification drawings of an unknown aircraft from an inflight photo.”

Near and Far: The Little Wood House

This newspaper article is about the home my grandparents built in 1920; my dad was under one year old at that time. My grandfather was a Mill Manager at the Abbotsford Lumber Company on Mill Lake. Their lovely old wood home was a Sears’ Catalogue home. A prefab before it’s time. This clipping is from the local Abbotsford, Sumas, Matsqui News. What I found so fascinating was that even 40+ years ago ‘green’ space was considered an important landscaping concept.

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A New Look for Antique Bedroom Furniture

A New Look for Antique Bedroom Furniture

A little something from the archives; and I do mean the story starts a long, long time ago.

We have two bedroom suites.  One we purchased from an estate sale in the neighbourhood of Oak Bay (Victoria, BC) in 1977.  A lovely black walnut set consisting of three dressers (two with mirrors) and bed unit.  Jan and I purchased these prior to our wedding; we were setting up house.  Great fun!!  It was from the 1920’s and with 50 years of living, the dressers tops needed serious re-finishing.  We set about removing the varnish; tops only.  Major ‘newbie’ mistake; hadn’t considered the tops were veneered; edges were poplar – just a bit of a colour difference.  Too late and we left the variation.  We were young, in love, having fun and didn’t care!

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