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Godfrey's Art

Godfrey wasn't home when I got there yesterday so I roamed around and shot photos in his studio. The green bench is distorted here by the photo collage, but the carving looks true.




A book on Godfrey's art will be out in the next few months, edited and published by his niece Gurdeep. I'll announce details when I learn them.

Cruising With Godfrey/56' Wooden Sailboat

Victoria, BC - Today we went out to a secluded harbor and visited Godfrey's friend Cos. Cos is deeply into building, his current project a 58' long wooden sailboat. It's a galleass type sailboat, this one based on a 1926 design for a Danish North Sea vessel. Show below is the keel,  9" thick, 17" deep, and 44'-4" long, cut from one Douglas Fir. Also a couple of tools I like, one new, one old. The Prazi beam cutter attaches to circular saw and allows you to cut curves and odd shapes easily. Cos and I are on the same page when it comes to little planes. This the same model that I use more than any other plane, but this one was an antique, burnished by many carpenters' palms…




Paper Mache Airplane at South Terminal, Vancouver Airport

It's hanging from ceiling, it's maybe 8' long, 6' wingspan. A cartoon in 3D.

Photos in Victoria Yesterday










Big Crowd in Vancouver Monday, Street Art & Godfrey's Art in Victoria Yesterday

300 people showed up for my slide show/book signing at the Vancouver Public Library Monday night, and they had to turn others away due to fire marshal regulations. It was the biggest and best crowd I've ever had. Lively discussion, total rapport. I signed a ton of books.
Vancouver is a 10-star city (along with San Francisco, Hong Kong, and -- Victoria.
I made the 20-minute flight from Vancouver to Victoria in a Beechcraft 20-seater, had to duck to get through aisle to seat/only one other passenger, into Victoria in rain, picked up Mazda-2 rental car, drove in to Victoria, spotted spectacular street art, started shooting pics.
Visited Anián off-the-grid clothing/surfboard/venue conglomeration of little buildings, solar-powered complex. More to come on this tuned-in micro-village later.
The sculpture is by Godfrey Stephens (who I'm about to go visit) and is at Swan's Hotel & Brew Pub.



Early Morning CBC Radio Show

Got up at 5:45 this morning, caught cab to CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) Newsroom for my 10 minutes of early morning fame. Host was Rick Cluff who, among other things, was vastly amused by the mini-version of Tiny Homes On the Move. The newsroom was exciting. Big Time.

I said to him before we went on air that the internet sure hasn't destroyed radio and he heartily agreed.

Good vibes everywhere I go in Canada. A lot of Canadian builders know me from Builders of the Pacific Coast. I point out to people it's a book by an American about Canadians. How often does that happen?

A Magic Vancouver Morning

It's a glittering Sunday morning in Vancouver. I SO lucked out in the hotel department. The 901 Beach Hotel, I found on internet, sounded good, turned out to be a few hundred yards from the water in this section of Vancouver (West End, Yaletown, Gastown) that is almost an island; 90% of the perimeter of this area water-surrounded. Totally kayakable (and SUP-able).
Yesterday afternoon I took a ferry across to Granville Island, a thriving public market, 100s of vendors, great food, fruit, nuts, wine, oysters, crabs, smoked salmon, craft beers, art, music, restaurants,food stalls, outdoor wear, kayaks -- crowded, lots of tourists, yes, but vital and fun nonetheless. Going back with grown-up camera today.








PLUS a block away is The Tartine Bakery, with as-good-as-it-gets lattes, muffins, bread, and wi-fi.
I had dinner last night with my friend Vic Marks at his farm a half hour south of V. Turns out he's a car nut: 1939 Studebaker pickup truck, possibly the most beautiful p/up truck I've ever seen. A sleek low black Jaguar. A purple 1930s Cord (810/812),  forchrissake's -- immaculate, I couldn't believe I was seeing a Cord in person. Will put up pics when I get chance -- you car nuts are gonna love these vehicles.
PLUS let's hear it for Ploom stealth!