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Colin Hamilton

Turner Gate
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A pedestrian gate made from hand split, salvaged red cedar.  This 5 foot gate is part of a longer fence that encloses a covered walkway.  Thin cedar strips are a continuation of the design in the rest of the fence.

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Hope Bay Gates
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This is a set of driveway gates that are meant mostly for walking traffic, but allows access for delivery vehicles by opening both gates.   Naturally curved cedar adds a beautiful and graceful design element.  Hand split, salvaged red cedar, with mortise and tenon joinery.

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Split Cedar Gate
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This is a simple split cedar ‘Z’ style garden gate, with a curved top and a little circular window cut into it.  Hand split, locally salvaged red cedar.

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Turner Entrance Project
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This winter I was asked to do an entrance gate and fencing project on Salt Spring Island at the same residence where I have built a bench, and dining table with chairs in the past.   The property is lovely and on the water. To enclose the inner yard the clients wanted a section of artistic fencing going between the main house and the studio/garage.  There was already a covered roof over a walk way between…

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Sprung Gate Latch
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

Hand forged by Meska Ironworks, this sprung gate latch has a subtle twist and a small curl at the end of the handle.  30″ tall, with handles 5″ apart for spacing for 2 1/2″ wide gate.  These latches fit best for a 1 1/2 -2″ gap between the post and the gate stile. The catch allows the gate to swing both ways, or it can have a stopper to make the gate open only one…

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Sprung Gate Latch
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

Hand forged by Meska Ironworks, this sprung gate latch has a classic twist and a small spiral in the handle.  30″ tall, with handles 5″ apart for spacing for 2 1/2″ wide gate.  These latches fit best for a 1 1/2 -2″ gap between the post and the gate stile. The catch allows the gate to swing both ways, or it can have a stopper to make the gate open only one direction.

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Sprung Gate Latch
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

Hand forged by Meska Ironworks, this sprung gate latch has a classic twist and spiral in the handle.  30″ tall, with handles 5″ apart for spacing for 2 1/2″ wide gate.  These latches fit best for a 1 1/2 -2″ gap between the post and the gate stile. The catch allows the gate to swing both ways, or it can have a stopper to make the gate open only one direction.

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Turner Gates
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

A small pedestrian gate with a fence that encloses a covered walkway.  Hand split, reclaimed red cedar.  Thin cedar strips are a continuation of the design from the rest of the fence.

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Turner Fence
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

A hand split cedar fence that encloses a covered walkway between two buildings is constructed using salvaged red cedar.  Thinner cedar strips are used to create crossing lines that curve along the fence.   

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Bowen pedestrian gate
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

This is a pedestrian gate that was part of a larger project, involving two other local artists.  Tracy Calvert made the stained glass panel, and Callum McKay made the stainless steel frame.  The gate is constructed using reclaimed red cedar, with mortise and tenon joinery.

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Heartwood~ Do What You Love
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In the fall I was asked to be apart of a workshop on making a living, while doing what you love, which is art!  The workshop was presented by the Heartwood Folk School here on Pender Island, their mission is: to teach practical, joyful, Earth-caring and community-strengthening CLASSES to adults and also younger folks.  Come learn about food growing, sustainable energy, traditional arts and skills, and also wellbeing and community capacity building.  Check them out at: http://heartwoodfolkschool.ca/ Myself and two other local artist’s – Andrea…

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Handsplit cedar fence extension
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This little fence extension is part of a much larger fencing project I did a couple of years ago.  The owner decided to add 3 more sections to follow the property line to the neighbours driveway and define a patch of forest in the corner of his property.  The fence is built to match the original fencing, all handsplit red cedar from salvaged driftwood.  The extension steps down and back up again into the corner…

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Bluenose Schooner driveway gate project
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The Bluenose Schooner entrance project includes driveway gates and a pedestrian gate, all made of reclaimed and locally salvaged red cedar driftwood.  The client is a boat captan who lives on Schooner Way, here on Pender Island.  He naturally wanted me to carve the iconic Canadian Bluenose Schooner (as you will see on the dime) into his gates, a perfect fit.  He is also building a tall fence around the property (not yet complete in…

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Storm’s End Address Sign
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If you were visiting Pender Island and eventually found your way to Storm Cresent you would find a short dead end road with a few water front houses at the end.  One of them is called ‘Storms End’, a witty pun on both the name of the road and the exposure to winters wrath.  I had the opportunity to make an address sign for this family recently.  When they approached me about the project they…

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Bowen Driveway Gates
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

These driveway gates are part of a large project involving two other local artists.  Tracy Calvert created the stained glass panels, and Callum McKay made the stainless steel frames for the glass as well as the hardware.  The gates themselves are made with reclaimed red cedar, and constructed using mortise and tenon joinery.

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