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Raven Memorial Bench
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This is one of many memorial benches I have done this past year.  I really like how much I can work with clients to customize their bench.  This client is the sister of the deceased and wanted to include a raven with the bench as this was a special animal to her brother.  At first…

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Salt Spring Project
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This split cedar project is on Salt Spring Island.  The client wanted to replace a metal wire fence with some nicer and more permanent cedar fencing as well as add a gate and a couple of arbours for growing on.  As usual I started with putting in metal post brackets set in concrete to keep…

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Memorial Bench for a Cyclist
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Another opportunity to build a memorial bench that would live in my community came my way when an older friend and cyclist passed on last year.  The community got together to raise funds and organized with me to create a memorial bench that would be permanently installed on a community path for all to rest…

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Hand Split Cedar Picnic Table
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This picnic table is made entirely from salvaged old growth red cedar.  The design is the same as a standard picnic bench, but I added some curvy lines with the joints between the table slabs.   Since this table will be live outside, I thought leaving some space between each slab would be better than glueing…

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New Sculptures 2021
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I was asked to participate in a group artshow in March 2021 called ‘The Artists Voice’ with Stan Oglov (salvaged metal art with magnets), Nancy Silo (ceramics), and Kathleen Theriault (paintings) for the Gallery at Ptarmigan Arts.  I made a few new pieces for this show which was really inspiring. ‘Two Trees’ is the fourth…

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Koru Gates
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These gates were a super fun project for a client in Vancouver.  As always, these gates are made from salvaged red cedar driftwood, hand split, with mortise and tenon joinery and hardwood pegs for extra strength and style.  The client was interested in something with a bit more stylistic design and asked me if I…

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Custom Cedar Stool
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This custom red cedar stool was a wedding gift from a mother to her daughter and son-in-law on their happy day. She wanted something functional and useful, but with a natural beauty to it, so she asked me to build this stool. The stool is about 17″ tall and wide.  I used old growth red…

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Framework For An Outdoor Living Space
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This project is on a beautiful waterfront property on Gabriola Island.  The clients hired an landscape architect to design the yard and spaces, who in turn asked me to build the wood partitions and gates with salvaged hand split red cedar.  This is the same property I did some double gates down to the ocean…

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Komorabi Sign
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‘Komorabi’ is an untranslatable Japanese word, which eloquently captures the effect of sunlight streaming through the leaves of the trees.  A client from the north eastern corner of the USA commissioned me to make an address sign with the Japanese characters for ‘Komorebi’ along with their address.  They sent me pictures of the property for…

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Rain Falling On Water Sculpture
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The idea for this sculpture came from signs I regularly make for clients.  The frame was actually made for another project (a sign for the library) but turned out I wanted it to be longer than originally designed, so I was left with a wonderfully blank frame after making another for the library.   It was…

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