After helping build this client’s kitchen with Juniper Joinery, she wanted an island to add a little more work space. Because the kitchen was too small to accommodate a full-sized island, I came up with this option. The top measures 33″ x 22″ and is small enough to pick up and slide out of the way when needed.
I designed the counter top to be a butcher block so the customer could use this space as a cutting board for preparing meals. A butcher block top is a great choice for cutting on, since the end grain of the wood doesn’t dull a knife as quickly as cutting across the grain.
I also added in a couple of shelves for storing dishes, and as a special bonus, I added a drawer with hand-cut dovetails for the joinery. And I always give my clients green options when it comes to the finish on my furniture. This piece uses a combination of Osmo oil for the base, shelves and drawer, with food-safe tung oil for the butcher block top.
These are some cherry trivets (hot pads) that I played around with for the kitchen. The variations in colour and grain in the cherry wood are very attractive, and having beautiful wood trivets for the tea pot makes having a cup of tea even more appealing. They are coated with two applications of LandArk natural oil finish and one application of food grade beeswax and mineral oil top coat. Continue reading Cherry Trivets
I have been experimenting with using various types of wood together which have different colours and grain patterns. I liked how the colours of the maple and black walnut woods were so striking when alternated with each other, so I decided to make a set of cutting boards in this style.
The small board is light and very portable, useful as a cheese board or for small items. The bigger board I made with thicker pieces of wood to be a sturdy all-purpose cutting board in the kitchen. I was really happy with the result, and so were all the people who entered to win these in the draw I offered at the Castlegar Home Expo!
The cutting boards were finished with food grade hemp oil and beeswax. Continue reading Maple & Walnut Cutting Boards
The Land Ark wood finish is a great natural and non-toxic product for interior timbers and trim. It’s important to us to use as many materials and finishes as possible that are healthy for the homeowners and for our team members that are applying the finish. Natural finishes also mean a smaller ecological footprint. Continue reading Land Ark Wood Finish
Cedar is a great choice for outdoor applications such as siding, decking, saunas, gazebos, and furniture because it does not need to be pressure treated or coated with harmful chemicals to preserve the wood. Continue reading Cedar: To Stain Or Not To Stain?
We coated these timber braces with a durable low VOC exterior wood finish, which we are also happy to be able to supply to our clients and other contractors. Continue reading Staining Timber Braces