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Colin Hamilton  // Posts published by Colin Hamilton

03 Nov Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Herb Garden Fence

Herb Garden Fence

Herb Garden Fence

This little fencing project was designed to create a usable space where it did not exist before on a steep rocky slope.  The client wanted to have a herb garden just off their deck, but with the prolific deer on this island you have to fence everything.  They decided to do some simple stone terracing […]

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31 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Asian Gong Stand Torii Gate

Asian Gong Stand Torii Gate

Asian Gong Stand Torii Gate

This client liked another torii gate with large gong that I made a few years ago for an art show (see small photo on right) and so commissioned me to make a version which could be permanently mounted on the side of his deck across from the entrance to the house.  This piece is made entirely […]

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27 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Old growth cedar dining table

Old growth cedar dining table

Old growth cedar dining table

This custom dining table project turned out fantastic.  The opportunity to build an indoor dining table using hand split cedar is not common, but fits the westcoast look of many homes here.   The table top pieces are from a reclaimed tree on Salt Spring Island which has amazing live edge and insect lines.  I […]

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24 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Pond Arbour

Pond Arbour

Pond Arbour

This project is one that I have built on my own land beside our swimming pond.  It sits on a deck that we built over a large water cistern where we collect our spring water for domestic use as it flows into the pond. The arbour is made from reclaimed and salvaged red cedar driftwood […]

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24 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Pearson Memorial Bench

Pearson Memorial Bench

Pearson Memorial Bench

I was recently commissioned to build a memorial bench for a couple who were heavily involved in the building of our local community hall on Pender Island.   This bench, like all of my work, is made from all salvaged and reclaimed red cedar driftwood that I split by hand.  I like to leave sections of the […]

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18 Oct Posted by in Portfolio, Signs | Comments Off on Library Sign

Library Sign

Library Sign

A new sign for the Pender Library evokes an old feel with red cedar pickets and a hand split cedar shake roof.  The wood salvaged from local beaches was hand split and the lettering hand carved and painted with high quality sign paint.

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18 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Swinging Bench

Swinging Bench

Swinging Bench

I have wanted to build a swinging bench for many years,  having always loved the feeling of the gentle movement.  I had even already contemplated many different designs for a bench with a little roof over it. This year I finally got a commission from a client to build a swinging bench and throughly enjoyed […]

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06 Sep Posted by in Benches, Furniture, Garden Structures, Portfolio | Comments Off on Swinging Bench

Swinging Bench

Swinging Bench

A hand split cedar bench swings from this free standing structure, constructed with mortise and tenon joinery and sheltered with a cedar shake roof.  A few sections of naturally aged silver cedar on the back of the bench and the posts are highlighted with the smoothly finished and oiled frame and bench.  A single plane […]

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15 Aug Posted by in Garden Structures, Portfolio | Comments Off on Pondside Arbour

Pondside Arbour

Pondside Arbour

A small deck beside the pond is enhanced by this arbour, which will eventually support a grape vine to create shade and an intimate place for relaxing.  Hand split, reclaimed cedar posts and rails are left rough to show off the natural curves and unique shapes of the wood.    

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15 Aug Posted by in Garden Gates, Gates, Portfolio | Comments Off on Maryland Gate

Maryland Gate

Maryland Gate

This hand split cedar pedestrian gate adds an entrance way to the front of the house, separating the space from the car port.  The copper and rolled iron decorative metal work was inspired by a previous custom gate.

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