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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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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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Groundwork- Building with Cob Documentary
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Some time ago, I was asked if I would be willing to talk to a film crew who were making a four part short documentary series on various natural building, with a focus on the home owners and builders and their inspiration for making natural building their choice for construction.  I were quite happy to be showcased alongside many other inspiring and wonderful people.  This episode, Building with Cob, features my 400 square foot cob…

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Rosemarkie Cedar Address Sign
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I am just so grateful for all the excellent and fun projects I regularly get commissioned to design and build.  This is one of the latest projects, an address sign here on Pender Island.  The sign is a little bigger than some others I have done to accommodate the large embossed carving that is based on a broach of ancient Pictish design that the clients had.  The name ‘Rosemarkie’ I believe is also of Scottish…

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Cowan Coffee Table
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Another great project.  This one was made with love for friends on Salt Spring Island.  This is a custom coffee table – 4′ long, by 32″ wide and 16″ tall, with a shelf underneath.  The wood is all salvaged red cedar driftwood except for the 2 pieces I used for the shelf which were cedar milled from my own property.  The table top is made of 3 pieces glued together, the outside pieces being from…

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Cedar Bench
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This is new hand split cedar bench I made for a client on Salt Spring Island this summer.  It was commissioned to sit in a special garden in memory of a loved one.  I love these projects.  They mean so much to me and the clients.  Its very satisfying to create something that will help bring back memories and give a place to sit and contemplate everything.  I tried to make this bench fairly relaxed,…

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Jago Coffee Table
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This was a fun little project for a local couple here on Pender Island.  They needed a small coffee table but also wanted something artistic.  So I used some very unique pieces of red cedar that I found which have amazing colour patterns for the top of the table and fun curved pieces for the legs.  This table is 2’x 2′  and is constructed with mortise and tenon joinery.  I left a small raw edge…

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The Offering
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 This collaborative art piece called The Offering was done with Lenka Suchanek of White Rock, BC.  Lenka works in the centuries old European techniques of handmade bobbin lace and needle lace, bringing them to life in pictures, sculptures and wearable art. Specializing in metal lace, she uses fine wires of copper, bronze, steel, and precious metals to create unique pieces that are traditional and modern at the same time. Lenka’s work has been exhibited around the world,…

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From the Woods- A collaborative art show
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Colin’s sculptures and furniture were once again shown at Pender’s local winery, Sea Star Vineyards, alongside four other Pender artists.  The June 23-25th show titled ‘From the Woods’ featured paintings by Kim Pollard and Carol Davidson, wood turning by Robert Wilman, and multi-media creations by Bea McDowell, which filled the gallery space provided by the winery from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.  A new collection of sculptures were featured alongside some classic pieces like the Fairy…

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Sculpting with Amber Briglio Photography
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Sculpting Fire Dance II with a local photographer~ I had a great time this past spring working with a photographer who was interested in following the start to finish process of a sculpture.  Amber Briglio came for a couple of hours 3 times over the course of a week or two to capture images from raw wood to finished piece, and then put together the amazing photos into an article for her blog and website.  Please…

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Japanese Fence Bamboo Garden Project
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This winter I had the opportunity to build a very unique fencing project on Pender Island.  A new client had planted a bamboo grove on their forest property but was having issues with the deer eating the young bamboo (which they normally do not eat) so called me to talk about fencing the grove.  We discussed the idea of doing a Japanes style fenced courtyard.  To this they added double saloon style entrance gates and…

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FESTOOL
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This blog is about some of the electric tools that I use (I do most of my work with hand tools).  I discovered the Festool brand from Germany many years ago through Lee Valley, Canada’s largest supplier of Festool products.  Festool is a very good brand with high standards and well designed tools.  They also have great warranties and stand by their products.  I have now acquired 3 of their tools all of which get…

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