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Shop tour!

Today I thought we would do something a little different. I've shown various views of the shop and studio through the hundreds of pictures in my posts but I get many requests to see how it all fits together. So I shot a little video of our shop and studio, much the same way I would take you through the space if you dropped in for a personal visit. The lighting in the studio is focused on our work areas, making it hard to shoot quality video. On top of that my little camera does not have a wide angle lens and so the views are somewhat limited but it gives a little better idea of our creative working space. 

If you want a better look you will just have to drop in and see it for yourself.

-grampa dan

View from the other side

The header at the top of this page is the mountain view we get to enjoy each day. Vedder Mountain is just shy of 3000 feet and is crisscrossed with old logging roads. Yesterday my good neighbor Gord offered me a chance to jump on one of his quads and go exploring with him. In two and a half hours we put on about 35 kilometers (22 miles) of varied gravel roads and some pretty technical and rough trails. We zig-zagged up the mountain to the top and over the other side before heading back down. Up top there was still remnants of the snow storm with about a foot of snow in places. It made for some interesting driving on the narrow trails.

The day was spectacular, the skies clear and sunny. Along the way we stopped occasionally when the trees opened up and we could see the valley below. THe shots below were taken at about the 1800 foot level of the mountain. The first shot is a panoramic view of the Faser Valley. We live in a rural area with lots of farmland. The mountains line both sides of the flat valley floor.

Zooming in a little we can see the small village of Yarrow, population about 1,100.


Here's the same shot but with our property circled in red. 

The last shot is a closeup of our small acreage from the back side. We are surrounded by farmland on two sides. My good neighbor Gord's shop is the silver quanset on the left. Our shop is the large building with the brown roof. The horse paddocks are on the right side and the house to the top of the picture. The firehall is across the street.

I had a great time, got lots of fresh air and tired myself out real good.

-grampa dan

Living the dream.

We have always been a home based business. It provides a lifestyle we enjoy. For many years I dreamed of the perfect shop to work in. We even purchased three properties through the years, but for various reasons it simply wasn't meant to be. I continued to work in our small garage or on our customer's sites. We had to pay our dues. and wait until the time was right. I kept dreaming and sketching ideas, waiting for that time.

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In 2000 we relocated from Vancouver Island to Chilliwack, BC. My workspace was downgraded to a carport and a small room in the basement for a studio. I dreamed even harder of the idea work space. In 2003 we found the perfect property, on the edge of the small town of Yarrow and yet surrounded by farmland. Mountain vistas framed the landscape. I drew up the plans and showed them to Janis. She looked at them and shook her head. I was devastated. Then she looked me in the eye and told me to make the shop BIGGER. We would live in the old farmhouse until we could afford to build our dream house. In the meantime t=he dream shop would go ahead. I went back to the drawing board and drew up the final plans. 

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 While we could have built an inexpensive, utilitarian steel building, we instead decided to build something much more imaginative. We would be looking at this building for many years to come. It also had to give our customers a clear idea of what we did inside. The construction was of concrete filled blocks of styrofoam, which provide awesome sound and heat insulation. The exterior is of sculpted Concrete, allowing us to give it a fairytale look  with oversize timbers and colorful rock work. A giant twelve foot tall dragon flies over the planter out front. Massive, riveted, magic doors dominate the center of the building. This is no ordinary place.


The shop sits at the rear of our small acreage, 300 feet behind our house. Each morning as I come off our porch this is the site I see. I grin a little grin and job out to the shop to go to work. I'm a lucky guy for I get to live my dream - every day.

-grampa dan