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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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03 Sep Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on California Quail Sign

California Quail Sign

California Quail Sign

This sign project was fun.   I used some nice curvy red cedar for the posts and cap.  The sign is two pieces of cedar bookended to create a dark to light to dark effect that draws your eyes straight to the sign with the address and picture.  The client lives in Northern California and requested […]

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05 Feb Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Hand Split Cedar Roof Shakes

Hand Split Cedar Roof Shakes

Hand Split Cedar Roof Shakes

Being a splitter of cedar by trade, Colin naturally decided to split all his own shakes for the roof of his new workshop by hand.  Having many piles of cedar already collected and in need of being moved out of his old working location gave Colin a good start at the job of splitting approximately […]

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06 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on The Roof of the Cob Workshop

The Roof of the Cob Workshop

The Roof of the Cob Workshop

As we move into the first week of October, it remains the driest summer on record here on the west coast, parching the gardens, drying up wells, and raising the fire danger all around us.  The one thing that the clear sunny skies have been perfect for is drying out the cob walls of Colin’s […]

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28 Sep Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on The Workshop’s Cob Walls

The Workshop’s Cob Walls

The Workshop’s Cob Walls

By early August, we were ready to begin adding the cob walls onto the stone foundations for Colin’s workshop that were built during July.  The door bucks were assembled and put in place, glass was gathered and waiting, the timber frame for the front door was built and  local clay, sand and straw was delivered.  […]

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22 Sep Posted by in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Cob Workshop- Stone Foundation

Cob Workshop- Stone Foundation

Cob Workshop- Stone Foundation

This summer, we have been focusing much of our attention on building a new wood working shop for Colin on our property.  His designs for a load bearing cob shop were approved by our engineer and permitted to build in early June.  Two weeks later, we had an excavator dig out 2 foot wide trenches […]

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