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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…

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Six foot Bench
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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…

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Colorado gates
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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…

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Torii Gate with Bell
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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…

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Nighthawk Hill Sign
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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…

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Drystack stone retaining wall
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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…

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Signs for Hawaii
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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…

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Thuja Wood Art Featured in Aqua Magazine
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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…

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Saratoga Beach Custom Bed Project
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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…

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Wave Wall Project
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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…

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Fairy King’s Throne
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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…

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Cattail Address Sign
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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…

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California Quail Sign
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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…

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Hand Split Cedar Roof Shakes
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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…

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The Roof of the Cob Workshop
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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…

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