It struck me that I have not posted an update to my blog in a while even though the projects continue to move through the shop. As always, please email me if you have any questions about these items. If you are visiting this blog for the first time, welcome. Please scroll down to see earlier posts and earlier projects. I am hoping to make the blog a little easier to navigate in the future but I trust this will give you an idea of what I do with my time.
I am pleased to post that my work is now available at West Coast ECO Home in Sidney, on Vancouver Island, BC. ( www.westcoastecohome.com ) For those of you who are lucky enough to live on Vancouver Island or if you’re just visiting, take a trip down to 2348 Beacon Avenue in Sidney to see the unique collection of British Columbia woodwork offered by owner Anita Rydygier. From furniture to accents and art pieces, the focus is on sustainable and fresh one of a kind design, in an inviting new space.
This past week I visited the new Oh Brothers store on West Broadway in Vancouver and met with owner Clarisa Niks. Clarisa has put together an outstanding display of Canadian craft and I am very pleased that my work will be part of it. It is just the place to find the unique work of local artisans such as pottery, painting, glassware, jewelry and of course woodwork . Look for a selection of my vases on display with more to come. For store details please see the Oh Brothers website at www.ohbrothersbc.com
In the spring of 2009 a large Cottonwood tree was taken down in Maple Ridge Park. For days I passed by the massive trunk knowing that it was destined for firewood or a landfill. Those I spoke with said that cottonwood was a poor wood for working and unlikely to yield anything other than frustration, but with permission from the municipality I picked up a couple of large pieces and decided to find out for myself.
What I discovered was a wood of deep yellows and browns with a hardness close to that of Douglas Fir or Hemlock.when dry. The grain was twisted and interlocked and took on a three dimensional appearance in some places when the finish was applied. In seasoning the wood warped considerably so this would not be my first choice for furniture but for my uniquely shaped bowls it was perfect.
Although it looks like an antique, I made this wine cabinet out of new Western Red Cedar. The 4 shelves will allow the storage of 15 bottles of wine but are adjustable and removable should you have another purpose for this cabinet. The drawer features hand cut dovetails and metal, ring style pulls. The measurements are 35″H x 16.5″W x 14.5″D