This November turned out to be my busiest months yet, despite the fact that at the beginning of the month, it was looking as dreary work wise as the weather itself.
I worked on a number of items for an “accessories and lifestyle” store called Litchfield in Vancouver’s historic Gastown. The store on Water St. is decked out in solid Black Walnut. My role was to make their cash desk and cabinet, handrails and a few other custom pieces (note the wall mounted hatchet/axe stand I designed after much mocking up).
Also of note is a truck load of beautiful big slabs of wood, milled out of trees that have fallen around Vancouver, and milled into lumber on the beach near the west end of Vancouver. I had the good fortune of recieving some of this wood from a fellow who studied fine woodworking at the same school as myself. He mills the wood using an Alaskan chainsaw mill, and stores and dries the wood in the traditional method repopularized by James Krenov (2 years stickered and stacked outside, 1 year inside under stricked humidity and temperature scrutiny). Most modern lumber is dried using a particular type of kiln, which is thought by many to “kill” all the texture and natural colour of the wood. I feel very blessed to have received this wood, and it’s been a joy to work with so far.