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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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20 Nov Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Wave Wall Project

Wave Wall Project

Wave Wall Project

This has been my biggest project this year by far taking over 3 months to complete.  This project is a sea wall designed to entomb an archaeological site discovered during the environmental assessment for a smaller sea wall project.  This bay and beach was once a seasonal First Nations village site I am told.  In […]

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12 Nov Posted by in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Fairy King’s Throne

Fairy King’s Throne

Fairy King’s Throne

This summer, during a wood collecting excursion, I found a single piece of cedar on the beach that was almost seven feet long and four feet across, but was only a width of six inches with a slight curve reflecting the circumference of what was once a very large and majestic tree. At one end, […]

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03 Sep Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Cattail Address Sign

Cattail Address Sign

Cattail Address Sign

Another address sign I made recently… This sign borrows the rustic torii gate style to get its main shape.  It is made all from salvaged red cedar driftwood that I split by hand.  This gives it that nice texture that you see in split roof shakes.  The joints are all mortise and tenon with wood […]

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