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Colin Hamilton

Heartwood~ Do What You Love

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In the fall I was asked to be apart of a workshop on making a living, while doing what you love, which is art!  The workshop was presented by the Heartwood Folk School here on Pender Island, their mission is: to teach practical, joyful, Earth-caring and community-strengthening CLASSES to adults and also younger folks.  Come learn about food…

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Handsplit cedar fence extension

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This little fence extension is part of a much larger fencing project I did a couple of years ago.  The owner decided to add 3 more sections to follow the property line to the neighbours driveway and define a patch of forest in the corner of his property.  The fence is built to match the…

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Bluenose Schooner driveway gate project

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The Bluenose Schooner entrance project includes driveway gates and a pedestrian gate, all made of reclaimed and locally salvaged red cedar driftwood.  The client is a boat captan who lives on Schooner Way, here on Pender Island.  He naturally wanted me to carve the iconic Canadian Bluenose Schooner (as you will see on the dime)…

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Storm’s End Address Sign

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If you were visiting Pender Island and eventually found your way to Storm Cresent you would find a short dead end road with a few water front houses at the end.  One of them is called ‘Storms End’, a witty pun on both the name of the road and the exposure to winters wrath.  I…

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Bowen Driveway Gates

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These driveway gates are part of a large project involving two other local artists.  Tracy Calvert created the stained glass panels, and Callum McKay made the stainless steel frames for the glass as well as the hardware.  The gates themselves are made with reclaimed red cedar, and constructed using mortise and tenon joinery.

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Groundwork- Building with Cob Documentary

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Some time ago, I was asked if I would be willing to talk to a film crew who were making a four part short documentary series on various natural building, with a focus on the home owners and builders and their inspiration for making natural building their choice for construction.  I were quite happy to…

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Bluenose Gates

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A hand split cedar pedestrian gate with an arbour as part of a driveway set.  A solid design made of salvaged cedar is given a creative flair with a carved design of a west coast landscape.  The arbour over the top of the gate has the carved address in a piece of unsplit cedar driftwood.

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Bluenose Gates

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Hand split, salvaged red cedar gates make for a solid set of driveway gates with a pedestrian gate on the side.  An enlarged carving of the Bluenose schooner adds a creative, local (and national) themed feature for this ocean side property.

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Rosemarkie Cedar Address Sign

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I am just so grateful for all the excellent and fun projects I regularly get commissioned to design and build.  This is one of the latest projects, an address sign here on Pender Island.  The sign is a little bigger than some others I have done to accommodate the large embossed carving that is based…

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Cedar Fence

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This cedar fence is made with salvaged hand split red cedar.  Thick and thin fence boards make for a solid design intended for privacy, and the curved pickets at the top with matching curved detail along the fence add an artistic element.  The posts are mounted on saddles embedded in concrete, keeping the posts off…

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