Category Archives: Exotic Lumber

Walnut Live Edge Table by Windsor Plywood Lloydminster

Live Edge Lumber Mantel Project from Cranbrook, BC

The store owner from the Windsor Plywood Cranbrook sent a few pictures to share with visitors.

Civil War Replica Cannon by Ed – Customer Project

Ed stopped by the Windsor Plywood store in Great Falls to thank the staff for sourcing the wood used in this Civil War Replica Cannon.  White Oak was used in the carriage, Hickory for the wheel spokes and Elm for the wheel hubs.  The wood was sent to an Amish community in Ohio as they built quite a few for the Union during the Civil War and still have the knowhow.  This artillery piece shoots about a mile and a half ‘very accurately’ according to Ed.

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Great-Falls-CannonPictured from left to right; Eric Gosshorn, Neil Hutcheson, Harvey Hacket, Mike Wedeknid, Kurt Stull and Mr. Ed Hinkle.

The Art of Bowties by Windsor Plywood Cranbrook

Steve, the owner of the Windsor Plywood store in Cranbrook, BC, sent in these custom bowties made for a customer live edge project. A bowtie inlay is a type of joint used either to hold two or more wooden boards together or to keep two halves of a board, that have already started to split, from splitting further. Traditionally, these inlays were painstakingly crafted to fit into hand-carved and chiseled recesses. But today, all you need is a plunge router and a simple inlay kit.

More information and an excellent step-by-step guide can be found at this link: http://www.woodsmith.com/files/issues/189/making-bowtie-inlay.pdf or Woodsmith No. 189

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Dave’s Custom-made Cribbage and Cheese boards – Customer Projects

These creative boards are made by Dave Smith from D.W. Smith Woodworking. He began woodworking as a teenager, mimicking his father who was very handy in his workshop. Now, Dave works out of his home in Cloverdale, BC.  Though he currently creates smaller items, in past Dave has crafted items such as furniture, done home improvements, and worked on a variety of other projects! And for those of you who love a good puzzle, Dave has even started working on making 3D wooden puzzles!
Dave’s product line includes cribbage boards, cheese and serving boards, sushi boards. He also takes on custom orders like wooden heat register grilles (in a variety of woods) and with original hole pattern designs.
Dave can be found on Etsy and Facebook.

Big thanks to Windsor Plywood Langley for sharing this post!
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Below: Solid Bubinga with character knot 10″x15″. Hand rubbed finish with six metal pegs

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Below: Padauk and Tigerwood cribbage board showing peg storage. board_padaukcanary1 board_padaukcanary2

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Below: Oak and walnut cheese boardcheese_board

 

Beautiful Fir Slab Coffee table and Computer Desk by Gavin – Customer Project

The following email was sent in from the Windsor Plywood Langley store

Gavin was kind enough to send in some photos of two projects made from the same original Fir live edge slab purchased from Windsor Langley. They look great! The computer desk was fabricated using the cut off from the coffee table project, with some Walnut to brace. Very cool!

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Live Edge Maple Slabs Custom Stained for Customer

The following pictures were sent in from the Lloydminster, Alberta Windsor Plywood store. The project consisted of two pieces of live edge Maple that were custom stained in-house by one of the staff, Carly.
Here’s a  description, “For the sanding I used the Festool Rotex sander started with 80 grit and worked up  to 220 grit.  I used Varathane brand Oil based stain in the dark walnut colour. And finished with the Varathane brand oil based clearcoat– semi gloss. Hand sanded in between coats 220 grit up to 600 grit for the finish sand”

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Employee Project- Custom-Made Wood Pens

A few of the impressive hardwood and exotic wood pens turned by Lyle, assistant manager at Windsor Plywood Calgary North. Look closely at the metal hardware on the Wenge and the Walnut pens.Lyle Danauer CalgaryN pens1 Lyle-Danauer-CalgaryN-pens2

Customer Project- Carved Cocobolo Billets

Tom Dean is a self-taught artist and customer of Windsor Plywood Great Falls, Montana. He sent in these photos of his latest work carved from Cocobolo billets purchased from the store. He uses only exotic woods for it’s incredible natural beauty and does not use paint or fillers.
In 2012, Tom received one of the highest awards given in the state of Montana – the Montana Circle of American Masters Award from the Montana Art’s Council and co-sponsored by the US National Endowment for the Arts. His custom one-of-a-kind wood carving sculptures have sold to private owners, corporations and collectors from across North America.
For more info visit

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