Travel theme: wood

This is a bit of continuation of my previous post – what I do well – combined with the weekly travel theme: wood.


There are two derivatives of the term journeyman.

1. In Canada, to become a journeyed trades person usually requires a rigorous 3 to 5 year on-the-job apprenticeship and about 4 months of traditional classroom studies.

2. Historically, journey carpenters often travelled to remote locations to build the infrastructure of canals and railways, the damns and power grids, and the bridges and highways that the modern world has become dependent on.

This past October of 2013, I travelled away from home (during the week) and completed a structure that illustrates the theme of travel and wood, albeit on a much smaller scale.

Here is the boat shed I helped build for a small local logging company.

A boatshed


The Hazard Point


In 1955 the industrialist H.R. MacMillan, gave a precaution about corporate mergers in the forest industry of British Columbia.

MacMillan Bloedel became one Canada’s largest forest companies, with assets in Europe, UK, and throughout North America. In 1999, it was bought by the American company Weyerhaeuser which is now one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands. It owns or controls more than 6 million acres of timberlands, primarily in the U.S., and manages another 14 million acres under long-term licenses in Canada. (sources – Wikipedia)


1955 quote by H.R. MacMillan


In 1973 the economist E.F. Schumacher wrote: “Today, we suffer from an almost universal idolatry of gigantism. It is therefore necessary to insist on the virtue of smallness, where this applies.” (pg. 54 -Small is Beautiful)


The boat




A bit of a paradox . . . and it is a rather large boat.


Post and beams

The post and beams of yellow cedar.


Truss lift @ boatshed job 2

The site built trusses


Bracing the trusses

Bracing the trusses


Front sheer wall

The roof is on









The gambrel roof


A window, a door and metal roofing


Red cedar board and battens

Boatshed near completion


The doors were built in place

Building the doors


The finished building

Finished boatshed


Viewed from the estuary

Boatshed across the harbour




In terms of the earth’s present collective crises, I’ll leave you with a quote to ponder from Carl Jung:


“The greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally unsolvable – 

they are only outgrown.”


Peace to all – Bruce


12 thoughts on “Travel theme: wood

    • Good point – the reinvention of local scaled small business is a direction to move in helping the earth’s communities – not ever expanding corporated wealth.

      Thanks for your comment,

    • Thanks Otto. At first they wanted to put metal sheathing on the walls like the roof 😦 But one thing led to another, and the cedar board and battens happened. Indeed they were happy.

    • Thanks Cyndi. I am a rural person at heart, and prefer out of the way places. I worked in a large city for about 3 months about a decade ago, and although it was nice being closer to my wife then, I missed the country surroundings we are more accustomed to.

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