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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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Dear Deer: Go Away – Come Again Another Day

Dear Deer: Go Away – Come Again Another Day

We have a never-ending battle with the deer.  Lucy I managed to keep them at bay.  Lucy II didn’t bat an eye and they knew it.  We have a lovely little gateway entrance to our backyard, and over the years, we’ve tried all manner of fencing and barriers for both the deer and rabbits.  Recently, I thought Jan came up with a very clever ‘wood’ solution to repel the deer that is in keeping to the design:  Mid-century meets Asian Infusion.

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Customer Projects Vol: 69

Customer Projects Vol: 69

Maple & Ebony Guitar

Matt has been submitting his projects to our newsletter for years, as much as Matt is a gifted luthier he has finished his schooling and as a recent law school grad is heading north.  Good luck Matt &  Keep in touch!!!

This guitar has a western maple body and neck with and an ebony fretboard and knobs. Western maple makes up the interval dots on the fretboard.
Oil and poly hybrid finish.

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Tiger Moths, Sea Eagles and Passion

Tiger Moths, Sea Eagles and Passion

Over the years we’ve sold both Sitka Spruce and Douglas-fir to South Africa.  It’s a hotbed for tiger moth enthusiasts; both the climate and the leftovers of WWII have fueled this trend.

Noel and Val Otten were just such customers; nice folk that have kept in touch over the years.  In fact Noel is not in the best of health just now.  Our thoughts are with him and his family.  Get well Noel!!

Late last year I reached out to him wondering if he had any stories and/or photos that he’d mind sharing with our subscribers.  He kindly responded and volunteered his friend Gavin Michal also.

Firstly he gushes with such nice things about British Columbia.  Here’s what he said of his trip in 2008.

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