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Apr 2014    Vancouver Island / Southern Az.    Website

I'm a retired wood boat builder. I spent most of my life self employed, owned a small shipyard for a while and retired in 2004 after selling a small ferry business that I started in 1990. When I sold it, it had twelve 20' ferries , nine of which I had built myself.
In my retirement I sail my 21' Friendship sloop in the Canadian Gulf Islands and the American San Juans in the summer and spend winters in Green Valley Az.
I have fully functional shops in both locations and since I took up marquetry as a passion, I have a chevalet de marqueterie in each. Most of my woodworking now involves marquetry in some form but everything I make involves a challenge to accomplish something I haven't done before.

*2015 Update* I have opened a new school of French marquetry at my shop in Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island, B.C. Five day courses will be held for two weeks each spring and each fall.

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Dyeing Veneer, an Update

I wrote an article in the January issue of our “Woodworking Monthly” about dyeing veneer for marquetry and in it I used a light aluminium oven tray as a dye container. Well …. to make a long story short …. don’t do that. It turns out that the...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #8: Leg Vice Upgrade

I’ve been doing a bit of repetitive hand cutting (dovetails) in my leg vice (or vise if you prefer) lately and while I am very happy with it in general, I guess the one drawback has always been that you almost need another hand for the wedge...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #7: Installing the Leg Vice and Finishing Up

The leg vice is so simple as to be self explanatory and its installation likewise, to the point that you can install it and uninstall it in less than a minute. This is nice on those occasions when you don’t want a vice in the way of your work...



HorizontalMike ...

I continue to be amazed by this piece every time I see it Paul, I swear that parchment will just blow off of the box top in the slightest breeze! Wow, just wow!

JoeyG ...

I have to agree. It’s an amazing piece.

Pete Gray ...

Hi Paul, thanks for the “heads up” on this new site, will have to spend some time & check it out a bit more fully
Just about got my new shop up & running Paul, just finishing of under bench doors dust extract etc, don’t want any trouble from my better half with toooo much dust as this one is part of (trying to find a nice way of letting Sandra know it’s going to be all of) the double garage.
cheers mate
Pete attached to the house

Tim Dahn ...

Beautiful work Paul.

David L. Whitehurst ...

I like the comment on your post about fiberglass boats. My dad built both wooden and fiberglass boats. I loved our 40’ deadrise workboat. It was made in 1939. I told my dad to keep it, I would do the bottom painting. He didn’t listen to me. It’s gone. I liked it so much, I got a tattoo of the boat when I was 45.

Malcolm & Mark ...

Superb work Paul. Something to be really proud of.


Uwe Salzmann ...

You speak to me from the heart. My projects are new again and again and must be a challenge. I rarely build anything twice.

Shin ...

Very interesting background! Looking forward to your upcoming posts.

Andulino ...

You have so many beautiful works, I like them all :)