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The Wood Shop Workers Co-Op Offers Do-It-Yourself Projects Starting February 3rd

15 Jan

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Are you interested in tackling a do-it-yourself project for home this New Year, but don’t have the space? You may wish to check out the classes being offered by The Wood Shop Workers Co-op. They regularly offer 1 day classes wherein they provide the space, materials and the tools for the project you wish to tackle. You can choose to make a dining table or storage trunk with reclaimed wood. Each workshop is led by an experienced Wood Working Educator in a professional wood working shop.  You will learn how to use wood working tools and learn some introductory fabrication and finishing concepts. When they aren’t teaching classes, the Wood Shop crafts one-of-a-kind furniture and home décor items out of reclaimed wood. The cost of each class varies depending on what you choose to make, but they are offering a variety of dates starting February 3rd. Workshops take place at 251 Southern Creek in the False Creek Flats near Main Street and Terminal Avenue. Note, gift certificates are available should you wish to give a class as a gift to someone.  For more information or to register, visit their website at The Wood Shop Workers Co-op.

Photo Credit: The Wood Shop Workers Co-Op

The Wood Shop – More DIY Workshops This Spring

22 Mar

reclaimedwoodAre you interested in tackling some DIY yourself projects for home, but don’t have the space? In case you haven’t heard, The Wood Shop, features some great one day do-it-yourself workshops.  They are currently offering four workshops. You can choose to make a dining table, headboard, storage trunk or a planter box.  The Wood Shop provides the space and the tools for the project you wish to tackle.  Each workshop is led by an experienced Wood Working Educator in a professional wood working shop.  You will learn how to use wood working tools and learn some introductory fabrication and finishing concepts. When they aren’t teaching classes, the Wood Shop crafts one-of-a-kind furniture and home décor items out of reclaimed wood. Cost of each class varies depending on what you choose to make, but they are offering a variety of dates. Workshops take place at 251 Southern Creek in the False Creek Flats near Main Street and Terminal Avenue.  Heads up, the last time we featured these classes, they filled up quickly. Should you wish to tackle one of their projects, we recommend registering early.  Note, gift certificates are available should you wish to give an early Father’s Day present  For more information or to register, visit their website at  The Wood Shop.

The Wood Shop Offers Do It Yourself Classes

7 Dec

reclaimedwoodAre you interested in making a table or storage trunk by hand? Maybe you don’t have the space or tools on hand to tackle that kind of project.  You may wish to check out the upcoming do it yourself classes being offered by The Wood Shop. The Wood Shop crafts one-of-a-kind wood furniture and home decor items out of reclaimed wood in and around Vancouver.  They also offer workshops that help you tackle a wood working project in one day. One upcoming workshop features a Reclaimed Wood Table which is designed to your preferences such as style, height and base.  You will learn how to use a variety of tools and in case you were wondering, no experience is required.  In the second workshop, you will learn how to make a Reclaimed Wood Storage Trunk, again to your design preferences.  Cost of each class is $160 plus materials. Workshops take place at 251 Southern Street in the False Creek Flats near Main & Terminal.  There is availability in their classes for 2017 and gift certificates are available for those that wish to make it a gift for someone this Christmas.  For more information or to register, visit their website at The Wood Shop.

East Van Makers: Tyler Spence Making One Of A Kind Furniture

9 Feb

14We love featuring makers and on this past year’s Eastside Culture Crawl, our group started off at the Maker Labs. There we met Tyler Warren Spence, one half of Warren & Wayne Wood Co. The other half being Rory Wayne Bushfield.  These two love the great outdoors and turned their love of collecting old stumps and logs into one of a kind furniture. Tyler works out of Maker Labs in East Vancouver designing and building custom handmade coffee and dining room tables from reclaimed wood. His passion is finding the right piece of wood for each project and creating beautiful, functional furniture that will last a lifetime. Tyler uses recycled material whenever possible and is inspired by the great outdoors.  Tyler has been making furniture for 7 years on a part-time basis, but has in the last 6 months moved to making furniture full-time. He recently completed his first commercial project, being two large banquet style tables for The Airhouse which is a freestyle training centre in Squamish. He used reclaimed fir that was repurposed from a demolition project at The Guildford Town Centre in Surrey. Some of his smaller projects include guitar stands made from red wine barrel staves from the Okanagan (pictured above).   We have set out below photos of some of Tyler’s other projects along with a brief description of where he sourced the wood:

The table top for this piece is from a cedar tree that Tyler found on the shore of Lillooet Lake. The legs of the table are from fallen Arbutus branches from the Sunshine Coast.26

This cabinet was made from Cedar dock boards reused from Tyler’s family cabin on the Sunshine Coast. The wood was originally milled by his grandfather from a fallen tree on their cabin property. After a few decades of use, it was time for the dock to be replaced so he salvaged as much of the wood as he could and created the piece you see below.

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Tyler made this table from a Driftwood log found on Spanish Banks in Kitsilano.  It took months for the wood to dry out after which the log was milled into slabs using an Alaskan Mill.

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Tyler is passionate about what he does and welcomes any custom orders. We invite you to check out his website which has some great photos of his work. You can also find him on Instagram at @warrenandwayne. To chat with Tyler directly, you can email him at e: tyler.spence@warrenandwayne.com.

Photo Credit: Pera Hardy

J&S Reclaimed Custom Wood Furniture – Check Out The Beautiful Things Joshua & Steve Are Making!

4 Feb

Joshua&SteveWe at ILiveInEastVan.com are always in awe of some of the amazing creative minds that are tucked away in pockets of East Vancouver.  Today we would like to introduce you two talented young men, Joshua Hooge and Steve McFarlane, who are making sustainable, eco-friendly furniture in SE Vancouver.  Joshua and Steve are the creative force and elbow grease behind J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture.  These two started building reclaimed wood furniture as a hobby. Soon friends and family started requesting custom pieces and word started to spread. As orders starting flowing in, they moved from their backyard operation to an East Vancouver garage and worked on production in the evenings and weekends.  They initially offered their custom woodwork services on Craigslist.  Then they became aware of Etsy and that’s when things really took off for these two entrepreneurs.  Not only did your average Joe find them on Etsy, but so did Vogue Magazine who wanted to feature their products in their next issue, then along came GQ Magazine, followed by Tatler Magazine. With the increase in demand for their furniture, about 2 years ago, J&S Reclaimed Wood moved into a historic 1920s warehouse located at #43-1640 East Kent Avenue on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver. They are located in one of about 50 work spaces on the site of Northern Building Supply.

Not only do Joshua & Steve make amazing custom wood furniture, they are good stewards of the environment. In their shop, no wood is wasted. Every last bit is used. As to where they get their wood, most recently Joshua and Steve worked tirelessly to dissemble a 100 year old barn (pictured below) in the Fraser Valley.  They also salvage wood from a variety of sources from heritage buildings to wooden shipping pallets.

As Joshua and Steve’s business grows, they have been using interns through Tradeworks. Tradeworks is a local non-profit based in Strathcona that provides training and hands-on experience for women in trades who have barriers to employment.  Joshua and Steve have now hired two of their interns.

J&S Reclaimed Custom Wood Furniture make an array of furniture from tables to bar stools to cabinetry and did we mention metal work?  One item that caught our eye was the two-tier wall mounted bike rack (pictured below) that is wrapped in leather scraps to protect the bike frame and allow you to keep two bikes securely stored indoors in a space saving manner. Joshua is a certified red seal heavy duty mechanic so he does their custom metal work.  The piece pictured below will run you approximately $430.  We also fell for a beautiful floor to ceiling mirror (pictured below) which price ranges from $300 – $800 depending on the type of wood used.  You can also find examples of their work around town including Liberty Distillers, La Cantina Urban Taco Bar in Whistler and Big Rock Brewery opening soon in the Olympic Village. So this means, if you would them to make you a beautiful piece of furniture, you best place your order. They have a 2 month waiting list now, but for furniture that will be sure to last you a life time, more than worth the wait.  To learn more about J&S Reclaimed Custom Wood Furniture, you can visit their website, Etsy site, or contact them directly by phone at T: 778-991-2707, or by email contact@jsreclaimedwood.com. You can also find them on Twitter.

Photos Courtesy J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture

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