On The Sunshine Coast British Columbia


(Note stand by for more information to be announced on the out come of future meetings)

Here is a message from the SW Guild President

Hi All - School District 46 and the SCRD has taken steps to reduce public gatherings.  Therefore Guild meetings are cancelled until further notice.  The following link is one that I have found most helpful in explaining why we need to self-isolate.  This is really worth watching.


Nonetheless, we are fortunate to be woodworkers on the Sunshine Coast.  First, we are fortunate to have great hobbies to work on indoors in 'self-isolation'.  These are opportunities to improve our woodworking skills and have the satisfaction of making things that are functional, creative and beautiful.
Second, the heath care authorities have encouraged us to get out of doors as it is one of the safest places you can be.  We live in a beautiful place to take advantage of parks and hiking trails or even just go for a walk in your neighborhood.  See this link:
Third, it is important to stay in touch with others.  Being in self-isolation does not mean being lonely and depressed. Call a fellow Guild member to see what they are building, say thank you and give a word of encouragement to a healthcare worker you know, call or email family and friends.
One other word of advice is don't listen to or watch too much news!  Watch enough to stay informed but dwelling on it is not a good thing.  Instead, watch a woodworking video and make something!
Best regards,
Dan Horner
President, Suncoast Woodcrafters Guild

President: Dan Horner

Summer Event

This year's Wood Expo was a bit of a roller coaster ride. Initially, with COVID restrictions it looked like it wasn't going to happen. Then when the social gathering protocols loosened, Sunshine Coast Community Forest was able to contract for Seaside Center. Even then there were major obstacles for them as well as us, with a limit of two tables and only two volunteers.
With less then a month to go, Seaside Center was seconded by the Provincial
Government for COVID testing. It looked like there was no other venue that was suitable, but Sara Zieleman, the Community Forest Administrator, looked at Rockwood Center and decided they could make it happen.
Kudos to Sara and Dave Lasser, Community Forest Operations Manager, for
pulling it all together in record time!
COVID protocols were in place and I think everyone felt safe; sanitizing was ongoing through the day, and everyone was masked, logged in, and basically
guided through the exhibits. Attendance was probably 1/3 of our usual turnout,
but it was steady from 10:00AM till closing at 5:00PM.
We were initially scheduled to share the large meeting room with Patrick Skydde
but he unfortunately had to drop out for personal reasons. Brian Klassen, the ship and marine map modeler, took his spot. It worked well for both parties. A huge 'thank you!' to our members that participated.
We were able to utilize 5 banquet tables, one more than our exhibit last year. With the extra table we were able to space things out a bit more generously which I think made for a better exhibit.
Tim Dayton, Ron Johnson, Patrick Crawford, Ken Walker and I manned the tables
in shifts. Tim did a great job with photos; proof that it really happened!
Once again, the Guild's appreciation goes out to the members that took the time to bring in their projects; can't do it without you.
My impression was that the Community Forest folks were very pleased with the
event as well as the venue.
-Dan Chercover, Board Member

Subject: 2020 2x4 Challenge

  • See some of the members 2x4 projects in the Web Page Gallery. ( click on Gallery)
Hello Past and Potential Wood Expo Participants,
 In the midst of the current provincial public health emergency, we have been trying to determine what form Wood Expo 2020 will take.  Currently public events indoor and outdoor must have 50 people or less and this is not expected to change for a year or more.  Based on last year’s attendance, by the time we account for vendors and a few of our volunteers to man the door and sanitize surfaces etc. we would be able to have about 20 visitors at a time.  Over an 8-hour event that would allow each visitor to stay for about 9 minutes which is clearly not enough time for the kind of experience we want at Wood Expo.
 For a period we thought we would not be able to have Wood Expo at all, and we started a conversation with Coast  TV about the possibility of doing a televised event, possibly in conjunction with an online auction.  Our goal with Wood Expo is to provide an opportunity for woodcrafters and wood artists to connect with our community, to engage the public interest in this craft, and to generate sales as well as inspire each other.  My vision of a televised event includes short films with woodcrafters in their workshops and Coast TV is interested in filming these.  They would air them all on the day of Wood Expo whether or not we have an online auction, but also periodically before and after so they may be a real asset.
Thank you,
 Sara Zieleman
Sechelt Community Projects Inc.
dba Sunshine Coast Community Forest
PO Box 215

Unit C – 5588 Inlet Avenue

Sechelt, BC  V0N 3A0

Phone:  (604) 885-7809




Daniel Horner
President- Suncoast Woodcrafters Guild


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