A wonderful visit with Shipwright in B.C.

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Gene Howe

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08-03-2012 03:22 PM

After a reunion in WY and a small deck building job in Washington, my wife, her brother, and I loaded our truck and camper on a ferry and took off across the waters at Anacortes WA for what was to be the absolute highlight of our trip.
British Columbia has to be one of, if not the single most beautiful places, in N. America. And, is populated by the friendliest and most gracious Canadians we have had the pleasure to meet. And, chief among those wonderful folks is Paul (Shipwright) and his beautiful bride, Elinore.
Paul and Elinore welcomed us into their delightful and gorgeous home as if we were long lost relatives. In order to preserve their privacy, I’ll not post pictures of their home. Suffice it to say it is a spacious and elegant abode with exquisite flowering landscaped grounds, lovingly and expertly tended by Elinore. Naturally, all of the beautiful cabinetry, doors and trim (walnut) were crafted by Paul. And, we got to see Facets, Oops, and Cabinetree, as well as several other pieces up close and personal. Believe me, Paul’s work is as awesome as we assume from the pictures he has posted.
Of course, we had to take a peek at Paul’s detached shop, located a few steps from the house. Here is a picture of Paul and I and a picture of Paul at the Chevalet de Marquetrie.

Paul’s shop is spacious with plenty of room to work. There’s a wide belt sander, TS, DC, BS, Shopsmith, one stationary bench and a marquetry bench the drops down on rope and pulleys onto horses. He has cleverly designed the bench to hold some tools and his longer pieces of veneer. IIRC, the bench/storage is 12’ long. There is drawered storage along another wall for shorter pieces. Outside the shop is a covered area for dimensional lumber. I wish I’d got a picture of that. There are some amazingly beautiful and HUGE old timbers out there.

Later that day, Paul took us out on his sailboat. Another superbly crafted and beautiful piece of work.
Here’s a couple of shots while Paul was readying the vessel for departure. The wind wasn’t cooperative that day, so there were no really hair raising turns and speedy runs…which was just fine for this desert rat…I think my wife was happy about it too! I think Paul was a bit disappointed, though. Even so, it was a wonderful couple of hours that we will always cherish.

After sailing, back at the house, Paul and Elinore prepared a wonderful meal of grilled salmon and all the trimmings. Not only is Paul an expert and ingenious woodworker, he’s also an excellent chef. The presentation was lovely and the meal was delicious.
The meal was served on the deck shown below.

With this view!!!!!!

Phyllis and I will forever prize the memory of our visit with Paul and Elinore. Such wonderful people!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 08-03-2012 03:33 PM

Looks like a wonderful place with outstanding people .I’m glad you both had such a great time.

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#2 posted 08-03-2012 03:50 PM

Thank you Gene, You were wonderful guests.
We will remember this visit also and look forward to seeing you again in AZ.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 06:32 PM

A week in the Victoria area wouldn’t be enough to enjoy all it has to offer. If we are lucky enough to be able to make the trip again, we’ll definitely plan for a longer stay.

We too, are looking forward to seeing you both, and Wilma, in Tucson and Snowflake.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 08-03-2012 06:40 PM

Glad you had such a great visit to BC!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 11:48 PM

I am unemployed…ON MY WAY PAUL!

Sounds like a super nice visit…boat builder, woodworker, interasia extraordinaire—-AND NOW MASTER CHEF??? What cant Paul do?


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#6 posted 08-04-2012 12:32 AM

Great to read stuff like this.The name of the sailboat seems fitting.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#7 posted 08-04-2012 05:07 AM

You definitely have a great place there Paul. Looks like a good time was had by all.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#8 posted 08-04-2012 05:20 AM

Looks like a nice place and good time. Any salmon grilling secrets you care to share Paul?? ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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