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Lanterns for a Winter's Night

Posted on October 21, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments


Tracy Lewis Lanterns

Perfect for those dark winter evenings!. Tracy Lewis has been drawing and dreaming about homes and houses since she was 5 years old. Her ceramic house lanterns are one of a kind, created with warmth and whimsy, using paper clay.

Tracy Lewis Lanterns

Tracy graduated from Emily Carr College in 1988 with a BFA in Film Animation. She worked as an independent animator for many years on several NFB films, and as a mentor for many fledgling animators in remote communities such as Bella Coola and Old Crow, via Reel to Real, Bite Sized Media, and the NFB.

Tracy Lewis Lanterns

Since moving to Vancouver Island, Tracy has been teaching art and animation to young children from her home. Each summer, she invites groups of 6 children to a one week session of Animation Camp.

Tracy Lewis Lanterns

It's super fun! Folk Art has always been of interest to her and you may be so lucky to own one of her wooden flip toys, or one of her free standing or flying angels, or a duck, goose, or penguin flapping push toy.

Tracy Lewis Lanterns

Tracy has a line of greeting cards, and has illustrated 3 children's books. You never know what she'll make next, but you can be sure that it will be animated!

Tracy Lewis Lanterns

Tracy is a recent empty-nester, living in the Cowichan Valley.

You can see more of Tracy's beautiful lanterns at 


Tracy Lewis Lanterns

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Kiln Art Glass Studios

Posted on October 15, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Dichroic Glass Jewelry By Peggy Brackett Of Kiln Art Glass Studio

My glass jewelry starts out as large 18 x 18 sheets of opaque, transparent and dichroic glass which I cut, piece and layer to create designs which I fuse (melt) together in an electric kiln at about 1500 degrees F.


After the sheet is fused and slow cooled, I re-cut, grind and drill the pieces. All of the drilling and grinding is done under water with special diamond bit tools. Then I return these pieces to the kiln and re-fuse them.


Finally, when the glass pieces have cooled, I construct my jewelry pieces :- earrings, pendants, chokers etc using these glass creations and select findings of nickel-free sterling silver, stainless steel, niobium, rubber etc.


I make many of my own findings, e.g pendant bails, necklace extensions, fancy ear wires etc. I also use commercially available high quality findings such as basic ear wires.


The findings I use are chosen or created to be an element of the overall design of the piece, but are intended mostly to showcase the glass-work. All of the designs are my own. Kiln art Dichroic (Die-crow-ik) glass is glass that has a very fine layer (about 3 microns) of metal fused to its surface.


Different metals in different combinations create the beautiful colours that you see. I also use glass stringers (‘vermicelli’ shaped/sized glass), glass powders, metal foils and surface manipulation of the dichro etc to augment my designs.

You can see more of Peggy's beautiful work at 


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Charles Van Sandwyk

Posted on October 01, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Charles Noel van Sandwyk was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1966. In 1977 he emigrated with his family to Vancouver, Canada.

Charles Van Sandwyk



By the early 1980's he was selling his drawings and water colors in a style reminiscent of the old prints and paintings which hung in the family home. Van Sandwyk studied graphic design at the Capilano College art programme in North Vancouver.

Charles Van Sandwyk


Upon completion in 1986, the wanderlust of younger years sent him travelling to the South Pacific. He discovered the Fiji Islands, and fell in love with a remote island and its inhabitants.

Charles Van Sandwyk


He began to divide his time equally between Vancouver and Fiji, leasing land from the neighboring family and building for himself a simple home of grass thatch, in the traditional island style.

Charles Van Sandwyk


In recent years Charles has been spending more of his time in beautiful Vancouver where he has been creating more beautiful works including an audio CD where he reads passages from his books to giving a 'Ted Talk'.

charles van sandwyk

Charles Van Sandwyk uses his wonderful, romantic imagination, artistic talents and calligraphy skills to create his beautiful, superior quality, hand-stitch books for you to treasure. His world is a gentle one in which to escape. He believes that art, indeed life, should be a rich visual feast, restrained only by good taste. Hand crafted in BC. Beautiful greetings cards are available for most of the illustrations.


charles van sandwyk


Posted in animals, art, birthdays, books, calligraphy, charles van sandwyk, childrens stories, desert islands, gifts, greeting cards, magic, mr rabbit, stories

Fine Hand Made Jewelry Boxes

Posted on September 24, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments


I've always been attracted to wood.  An early memory takes me back to my grandfather's wood-shop with its wonderful smells, stacks of lumber and mysterious tools.


Later, my father taught me the basics of carpentry: different kinds of wood, ripping versus cross-cutting, joinery; many other things.



He was a methodical man with a quiet competence. I remember such advice as "measure twice, cut once". I learned from him respect for good tools and the satisfaction of a job well done.


My career turned out to be journalism and later computer science, but I have always maintained a connection with wood. The down-to-earth act of wood-working has often given me a needed balance for my over-cerebral work. 



Now that I am retired, I have more time to pursue this wonderful craft. Though I have done house construction and log-building, I have settled on making boxes as my primary passion. All the wood-working skills are involved (including a few I'm still learning)!  Hand tools are ideal; I much prefer them to the roar of power tools.



I enjoy working with a variety of woods: each possesses unique qualities, beauty and challenges. Broad Leaf Maple, abundant on Vancouver Island, has become a staple ingredient in my work. I love to set it off with exotic woods that I come across.


Best of all, my shop smells just like my grandfather's did!


Doug lives in Victoria B.C.


Posted in hand made jewelry box, jewelry boxes, keep sakes boxes, wooden jewelry box

Everything for Sewing, Knitting, Needlework and more

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Micro Wood-turner, Wray Parsons produces some of the finest scissors, sketch pencils, acorn tape measures and thimble holders, magnifying glasses and magnetic needle minders that you will find...anywhere.


Just occasionally an artist’s work is both genuinely beautiful and practical. And this is the case where Wray Parson’s work is concerned.


For over 40 years, Wray has been making magnificent tools for all needle craft artists. He originally began turning wood when making toys for his children and after an early career in corporate banking focused all of his time in developing his micro-woodturning techniques.

Scissors and Pen Pencil set

For 7 years Wray worked at Coombes Emporium, Parksville and then as his reputation began to grow he started working from a new studio built in his home.


The tools that Wray crafts are acknowledged to be among the world’s finest.



They are heritage items designed to be family heirlooms, passed from generation to generation.

Wray Parsons

Posted in knitting, magnetic needle holders, magnifying glass, needlework, pens, seam rippers, sewing, sketch pencil, tape measures, thimble holder

Padraig Slippers Special Offers

Posted on September 09, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Padraig Slippers Special Offers Limited time offer.


Special offers on the best wool slippers in the world. Men's and Women's sizes only.


See the sale special offer here;


Offer ends 30th September.


Pure New Zealand wool slippers with soft leather soles. Hand made in Vancouver B.C.


See the sale special offer here:



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Ed Oldfield's Raku Salmon and Barnacle Pots

Posted on September 03, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Ed Oldfield was born in Orillia Ontario in 1955. While still young, he moved with his family to Duncan, British Columbia. He graduated from high school there in 1973 and went on to the University of Victoria where he studied Visual Art and graduated with a B.F.A. in 1977.

raku pottery

He continued his studies in the Faculty of Education receiving his teaching certificate in 1978. In 1992 he earned a M.Ed. degree in educational administration also from the University of Victoria.

Raku Pottery

 Ed now lives in Powell River where he taught grade 7 students until very recently. After 28 years of teaching visual arts and pottery at the high school level, Ed now channels his artistic energy into creating uniquely west-coast artwork – Raku pots and sculptures.

Raku Fish

His work is heavily influenced by the Pacific West Coast, its natural beauty, rugged coastline, aboriginal history, and is tuned to this ecologically sensitive environment.

raku pots


A quick guide to Raku!

 Raku pottery is created with a firing process that uses both fire and smoke. With Raku pottery, the piece is first bisque fired. Then, it is glazed and undergoes a Raku firing process. The Raku firing process requires a special kiln where the pots remain in the kiln for approximately 30 minutes. 

raku starfish on driftwood




While the Raku is still hot and glowing, it is placed inside a metal can full of combustible materials. The heat emitted causes these materials to catch on fire. A lid is placed over the can and the Raku pottery is sealed inside.

raku kiln


As the fire consumes the oxygen within the can, it also draws the oxygen out of the Raku pottery and its glaze. This process is called post fire reduction. It is this stage that creates the unique look of Raku pottery. The resulting patterns and colors are unpredictable, as they are created through the natural process of oxygen removal. After about 15 minutes, the pots are removed and placed in a can of water. This freezes the patterns that were created during the post fire reduction stage.

raku kiln


You can find more of Ed’s beautiful work at


raku pots


Posted in barnacle pots, Canadian gifts, pottery rockfish, pottery salmon, raku pottery, starfish, west coast pottery

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