Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

West Coast cabin – Clayoquot Sound, B.C.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The cabin is probably the true vernacular architecture of British Columbia’s West Coast and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver must once have had some of these buildings, thought rampant demolition and ugly development are doing their best to eradicate any trace of this architectural past. All that’s left of the cabin is the practice of attaching big cedar decks onto the imported Victorian and Edwardian and Britishy styles that sadly crowd the housing stock where I live.

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Atention People’s Faceing Northeast

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Photocopied sign found taped to telephone pole in Chinatown, a few blocks from my studio. Beautiful poster of the apocalyptic warning variety. “The dotes are the extraterrestrials ship’s.” I love how ‘dots’ is misspelled, and apostrophe is on the wrong word, but A+ on spelling ‘extraterrestrials’ correctly. I think the writer means “this is no joke” but how can we tell.

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Walking bookcase by Wouter Scheublin

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Walking bookcase by Wouter Scheublin. “The movement is based on the principles of the walking platform devised by 19th century Russian mathematician Pafnuty Chebyshev… when pushed, the legs carry the object along using a complex system of cranks, links and connecting rods. Photo below via cyberneticzoo.

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Rod Palm’s ship house on Strawberry Isle in Tofino, BC

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Views of Rod’s famous ship house just off Tofino on the West Coat of Vancouver Island. Below, from here. And on Rod Palm and the Strawberry Isle Research Society here.

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Marble runs – every house needs one.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

I spent hours as a kid making marble runs, using anything that was lying around my dad’s tool area. I’d usually start with a big chunk of solid wood (usually cedar, left over from deck-building) and make the marble wind around it in a spiral, down tracks made of elastic bands stretched between two pairs of nails, thin slats with grooves whittled out, leftover copper plumbing pipe etc.

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Makeshift, by Hunt & Gather’s Natalie Purschwitz

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Makeshift is a year-long project by Natalie Purschwitz, clothing designer and founder of Hunt & Gather, the award-winning Vancouver shop and clothing line. Her project is this: for a whole year, she will wear only clothes she has made herself, and that includes everything – “all of my clothes, socks, shoes, underwear, coats, jackets, hats, bathing suits, and accessories.” There are only a few exceptions – hair accessories, tools, eyeglass lenses.

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