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17 Sep Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Tracy’s Gate

Tracy’s Gate

Tracy’s Gate

This is a funky gate I made for a friend from hand split salvaged red cedar.  She does amazing stained glass work and is currently working on my Bowen gates project that should be completed this summer sometime.  This pedestrian gate is made with all mortise and tenon joinery.  The backside of the stiles and […]

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17 Sep Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Hand split Asian Gong Arbour

Hand split Asian Gong Arbour

Hand split Asian Gong Arbour

I had a fun time making this torii gate and gong stand.   The design of the stand is based on the traditional Japanese torii gate, with a large top beam that curves upward on each end, and a smaller crossbar underneath it.  In Japan, this design is most often seen as an entrance to a […]

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25 Aug Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Six foot Bench

Six foot Bench

Six foot Bench

This is a custom ordered cedar bench I recently made for a client here on Pender Island.  It is 6′ long, and made all from salvaged old growth red cedar driftwood.  I used all mortise and tenon joinery with an exterior glue to help it last outside.  Cedar is so colourful, and you can see […]

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29 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Colorado gates

Colorado gates

Colorado gates

These hand split cedar gates double as a vehicle access and as a pedestrian entrance.  A good example of what can be shipped and reassembled, these double gates and arbour were made in my shop and then sent in pieces to Colorado.  All the wood is salvaged red cedar split by hand, and I used […]

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29 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Torii Gate with Bell

Torii Gate with Bell

Torii Gate with Bell

This project was commissioned by a client all the way across Canada in Nova Scotia.  The client had acquired a beautiful custom made bell that hangs from an elaborate metal chain and large ring.  He asked me to design a hand split red cedar structure from which to hang the bell in his garden.  He […]

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21 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Nighthawk Hill Sign

Nighthawk Hill Sign

Nighthawk Hill Sign

This handsplit cedar sign was built for a property called Nighthawk Hill with a conservation covenant recently placed on it.  It is a lovely property on Pender Island with a wonderful hybrid cob and strawbale house and beautiful gardens on an acreage.    The sign is made from old growth red cedar that I salvaged from […]

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28 Apr Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Drystack stone retaining wall

Drystack stone retaining wall

Drystack stone retaining wall

This was a fun project building a short retaining wall for wonderful new cabin on South Pender Island.  I used all local sandstone, which is nice to stack, and has beautiful colours.  The wall has a curve along the entrance side, which gives it more strength, but also diffuses some of the straight lines from […]

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28 Apr Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Signs for Hawaii

Signs for Hawaii

Signs for Hawaii

These are two signs that I recently made for a client in Hawaii.  They are both made from salvaged old growth red cedar that I have hand split.  The address sign is in the Japanese torii gate style with mortise and tenon joinery. Notice some joints are through tenons with hardwood wedges, and the top […]

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28 Mar Posted by in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Thuja Wood Art Featured in Aqua Magazine

Thuja Wood Art Featured in Aqua Magazine

Thuja Wood Art Featured in Aqua Magazine

Back in the fall, a local Pender writer came by for an interview with Colin for the Spring issue of Aqua Magazine, a Salt Spring Island publication that promotes the work of Gulf Island small businesses and artists.  It is such a honour to be recognized in this way in our broader community!  Thanks to […]

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10 Dec Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Saratoga Beach Custom Bed Project

Saratoga Beach Custom Bed Project

Saratoga Beach Custom Bed Project

This past August I was asked to build a custom hand split cedar bed for a client in Saratoga Beach, on Vancouver Island.  I have made beds before and was excited to design and build this king size custom bed.  The clients house is near the beach and finished on the inside with milled local […]

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