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27 Nov Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Stone Patio and Fire Pit

Stone Patio and Fire Pit

Stone Patio and Fire Pit

This stone patio with stairs and a fire pit was constructed in a flat area that previously hosted an old cabin.  This project is all made from sandstone placed on 2-4 inches of sand over landscaping fabric, spanning approximately 350 square feet. The fire pit is mortared with cement, but the patio is all tightly dry […]

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19 Nov Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Bowen Bench

Bowen Bench

Bowen Bench

A bench for Bowen Island- This is a custom commissioned 5′ bench made from salvaged old growth red cedar.  Made with mortise and tenon joinery with hardwood pegs.  I split the cedar by hand to get the shapes and sizes of pieces for the bench, then sanded each piece smooth to the touch so that […]

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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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