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Six foot Bench
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

This is a custom ordered cedar bench I recently made for a client here on Pender Island.  It is 6′ long, and made all from salvaged old growth red cedar driftwood.  I used all mortise and tenon joinery with an exterior glue to help it last outside.  Cedar is so colourful, and you can see many variations in this bench.   The dark stripes in the back of the bench are also red cedar driftwood…

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Colorado gates
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

These hand split cedar gates double as a vehicle access and as a pedestrian entrance.  A good example of what can be shipped and reassembled, these double gates and arbour were made in my shop and then sent in pieces to Colorado.  All the wood is salvaged red cedar split by hand, and I used all mortise and tenon joinery with pegs to assemble the gates and arbour.  I built the arbour first to the…

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Torii Gate with Bell
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

This project was commissioned by a client all the way across Canada in Nova Scotia.  The client had acquired a beautiful custom made bell that hangs from an elaborate metal chain and large ring.  He asked me to design a hand split red cedar structure from which to hang the bell in his garden.  He liked some of the Japanese inspired Torii gates I have made, and we decided to use that as our basis…

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Nighthawk Hill Sign
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

This handsplit cedar sign was built for a property called Nighthawk Hill with a conservation covenant recently placed on it.  It is a lovely property on Pender Island with a wonderful hybrid cob and strawbale house and beautiful gardens on an acreage.    The sign is made from old growth red cedar that I salvaged from the local beaches here in the gulf islands.  I used mortise and tenon wood joinery with pegs to assemble the…

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Drystack stone retaining wall
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

prepping for drystack stone retaining wall This was a fun project building a short retaining wall for wonderful new cabin on South Pender Island.  I used all local sandstone, which is nice to stack, and has beautiful colours.  The wall has a curve along the entrance side, which gives it more strength, but also diffuses some of the straight lines from the house as the landscaping moves out into the forest.   I started by digging…

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Signs for Hawaii
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

These are two signs that I recently made for a client in Hawaii.  They are both made from salvaged old growth red cedar that I have hand split.  The address sign is in the Japanese torii gate style with mortise and tenon joinery. Notice some joints are through tenons with hardwood wedges, and the top piece is pegged.  The sign board itself I glued together first and sanded smooth.  Every once in a while I…

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Thuja Wood Art Featured in Aqua Magazine
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

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 Cherrie Theissen and John Bagshaw for the interview and the photo shoot- Colin even made the front cover.   http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=b8a9d349-d27e-43ab-a0ae-ebfee18a2ad8…

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Saratoga Beach Custom Bed Project
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

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 pine,  so I decided to also use some pine with the red cedar as a contrasting wood in both colour…

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Wave Wall Project
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

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 this area, it is common practice to leave the site covered so as not to disturb the site instead of…

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Fairy King’s Throne
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

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, erosion from the elements had carved spires of different sizes, and the front and back were weather beaten and grey. …

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Cattail Address Sign
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

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 pegs.  This sign features a simple cattail design that nicely fills the available space and blends in with the surrounding…

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California Quail Sign
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

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 a quail on their address sign as it is one of their favorite native birds in the area.  The sign…

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Hand Split Cedar Roof Shakes
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

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 600 square feet of coverage, or what he estimated to be 6 squares of shakes.  A square is made up…

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The Roof of the Cob Workshop
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

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 workshop and giving us lots of time to get the roof on and the walls protected for when the rains…

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The Workshop’s Cob Walls
150 150 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

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.  Working with Tracy Calvert, our cob building expert from Cobworks, we hosted two sessions of four days each as a learning…

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