No new trees have been cut down to make these items.
We use only environmentally safe stains when clients want to clear coat their artifacts to keep the beautiful orange/red tones of the cedar when it is first split. These are water based stains which carry the oils deep into the wood, providing UV protection without a surface coating. We can recommend a locally made cedar stain, which carries the Canada environmentally safe stamp.
Most clients leave the cedar untouched, and it turns a wonderful silver colour in the first few years. Western Red Cedar, in it’s natural west coast environment of almost continual wetness, contains natural oils to protect it against deteriorating outdoors longer than any other variety of wood. We always make sure to keep posts off the ground with the use of metal saddles, leaving several inches of space for water run off, and providing different options for capping the tops of exposed ends. This ensures a long life with our projects.
Thuja Wood Art designs custom metalwork for hinges and latches, which are then made by a local metalsmith, Callum McKay. We are now crafting our hardware from stainless steel, which of course, will never rust and has a beautiful lightness with the cedar. Latches are an easy to use sprung design, with a variety of handle shape options. They can also be painted to suit any design. You will not find any better quality latches. (I know because I have tried, and the best solution was to design my own…) Contact us for more information on purchasing hinges or latches, pricing, and shipping.
Colin has begun growing bamboo on his property for use in a variety of projects. Bamboo is a very fast growing and sustainable plant to work with. It is very strong and adds an aesthetic, complimentary quality when used in conjunction with cedar. We hope to expand into more timber bamboo varieties in the near future.
At Thuja Wood Art we are proud to say that we run our vehicles on bio-diesel and straight vegetable oil. The work truck (1992 Dodge Cummins Turbo Diesel) has been running on bio-diesel for more than two years now. We also collect recycled waste oil from local restaurants to run our Westfalia diesel van.