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Drystack Garden Wall
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Revisiting a garden in which I have worked over the years is always rewarding.  Stone steps are gradually welcomed by creeping plants and the fronds of nearby bushes.  Crevices in garden walls become homes for trailing succulents and tucked ornaments.  Vines utilize posts and screens as support, and in return, shower shade and flowers over the garden.  A sense of settling in contradicts the previous environment of construction. A small, open potting shed that I…

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Collaborative Art Project with lace artist Lenka
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Lenka Suchanek is a self-taught lacemaker and lace designer.  She 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, and received awards and recognition for…

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New Cedar Sculptures
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Colin has been busy making new cedar sculptures for Art Off the Fence, an annual art show on Pender Island July 18 & 19~  All sculptures are made from reclaimed cedar driftwood and stained using a natural oil blend ready for indoor and outdoor settings.  Details for each sculpture can be found in the sculpture section of the portfolio.

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Whiskey Point sign
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This address sign was custom made for some clients on Vancouver Island.  The Whiskey Point sign is made from all reclaimed old growth red cedar that I have salvaged from local driftwood, and was constructed using traditional mortise and tenon joinery with hand split cedar wood.   The central area for the address was sanded smooth in contrast to the naturally ridged grain of the hand split cedar.  I designed the Heron image detail to go…

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Fleming Fence Project
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Over the winter this year I built a nice custom fence for my neighbours parents here on Pender Island.  The Fleming fence project consists of a 100 foot long custom hand split red cedar fence, with 2 four post arbours and gates in the fence, and a 2 post arbour with a gate as a separate entrance to the street.  The fence posts are all mounted on metal saddles laid in cement underground.  I always…

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Cedar Stool
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This cedar stool was a fun project for a local couple here on Pender custom red cedar stool by thujawoodart Island.  They had approached me wanting a cedar stool to use in the shower and this is what we came up with.  The stool is made from all reclaimed old growth red cedar driftwood that I salvaged from local beaches.  It is standard seat height at around 17″.  I used traditional mortise and tenon joinery…

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Privacy screen / cedar gates project
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I was lucky to be asked to contribute a privacy screen/ cedar gates to this new bed and breakfast project.  The Salmonberry Inn is located on South Pender Island and is a new luxury waterfront B & B.  My part is this project was to design a privacy screen and two cedar gates that fit with the local and sustainable focus of the B&B.  The owners wanted the privacy screen, which divides the lower deck…

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Stainless Steel Latches
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Our new stainless steel latches are ready!  I have been working with metalsmith Callum McKay on Pender Island to design and build these new sprung latches for my projects.  These new designs are essentially the same design as the other forged metal latches I have done in the past.  They are a simple sprung latch that mounts on the side of the gate stile and the catch is mounted on the post.  These latches work…

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Small redcedar table with recycled glass top
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This was a combined project with my friends Kees Schaddelee and Des Carpenter, owners of the new Victoria business ‘Vittrium‘.  Vittrium make and install countertops made from 80% recycled glass called Environite.  I traveled for a year in a van driving all the way from BC to Costa Rica and back surfing our way along the coast with Des and Kees almost 20 years ago.  Bringing our two sustainably minded businesses together seems to be…

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Saaritalo Sign
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Here is another sign that I made for a client on Pender Island.  The word SAARITALO is Finnish, and translates to ‘Island House’.  The clients have lots of native Arbutus trees on the property and wanted to feature some pieces on the sign (these are reddish round pieces around the lettering).  The sign itself is made from salvaged old growth red cedar driftwood.  It is very simple in design, but the colours in the cedar…

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Driftwood Sculptures
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This summer I had the opportunity to experiment for the first time with doing some sculptures from the old growth red cedar driftwood I salvage.  I really enjoyed this and hope to do much more in the future.  Most of the design flows from the wood itself.  Like in my furniture, I decided that it would be nice to see some of the driftwood the way it was when I found it (silver with burls…

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Stone Patio and Fire Pit
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This stone patio with stairs and a fire pit was constructed in a flat area that previously hosted an old cabin.  This project is all made from sandstone placed on 2-4 inches of sand over landscaping fabric, spanning approximately 350 square feet. The fire pit is mortared with cement, but the patio is all tightly dry fit with sand packed inbetween each flagstone. The fire pit also has a wide ledge for perching next to a…

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Bowen Bench
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A bench for Bowen Island- This is a custom commissioned 5′ bench made from salvaged old growth red cedar.  Made with mortise and tenon joinery with hardwood pegs.  I split the cedar by hand to get the shapes and sizes of pieces for the bench, then sanded each piece smooth to the touch so that it is comfortable to sit on inside or out.  I picked pieces of wood that have a nice curve to…

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Tracy’s Gate
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This is a funky gate I made for a friend from hand split salvaged red cedar.  She does amazing stained glass work and is currently working on my Bowen gates project that should be completed this summer sometime.  This pedestrian gate is made with all mortise and tenon joinery.  The backside of the stiles and angle bracing in the middle are notched top and bottom for the pickets to sit into.  Tracy is planning on…

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Hand split Asian Gong Arbour
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I had a fun time making this torii gate and gong stand.   The design of the stand is based on the traditional Japanese torii gate, with a large top beam that curves upward on each end, and a smaller crossbar underneath it.  In Japan, this design is most often seen as an entrance to a scared space, and large enough to walk through.  This one is around 5′ tall and I have hung an old…

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