Thursday, October 19, 2017

2017 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl Starts Tomorrow, October 20

Coast Chimes wind chimes and suncatchers, handcrafted
The Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2017 Starts Tomorrow
October 20- 22 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The 2017 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl consist of 144 locations: the Sunshine Coast rich in talent! Although I've been making my creations for about 25 years, this will be just my 3rd year participating in the art crawl, as I did not have suitable studio space before moving to our new home.

The Art Crawl is a wonderfully exciting event to participate in, with an estimated 500 people visitings my studio last year. Despite a rather gloomy weather forecast, I hope for another fun weekend this year. I have improved lighting in my studio, so cloudy skies do not concern me as much as  they would have.

Hope to see you at Coast Chimes, 535 Woodland Avenue, Gibsons, BC (map below). 604-229-5560. Be sure to pick up the Art Crawl brochure-- there are no shortage of great places to visit!

Map, Coast Chimes, 535 Woodland Ave. Gibsons BC

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Update, Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2017, Coast Chimes

Coast Chimes Sunshine Coast art crawl 2017 preparations
A busy weekend preparing for the
2017 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
Oct. 20-22
535 Woodland Avenue
Gibsons BC
Gallery no. 9

A very busy, but rewarding, weekend preparing for the 2017 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. I finally had some success solving my long time lighting issues. Number 1 was making quite cool perforated  sheet metal shades for the bare light bulbs. Those bare bulbs have annoyed me enormously, and I am very pleased to have resolved that issue. No. 2 is the fairy lights, a few of which you see in the image above. Previously I had used strip LED lighting, but was not at all satisfied with the look. These fairly lights are a lot more interesting. The only issue with them is that they are not quite bright enough to illuminate my glass from behind, but at least they give some idea of what the glass might look like in the sunlight, and they do not throw the colors as badly as the strip LED.

There are just 4 more days to finish preparations, and I have a lengthy list. It is going to all get done, but, as usual, just barely!

Looking enormously forward to the big weekend!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl October 20 - 22 2017

Framed glass and copper suncatcher by Coast Chimes, Gibsons, BC
Cedar Framed Indoor or Outdoor
Suncatcher by Coast Chimes
Preparing full speed ahead for the annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, this year happening October 20-22. 144 artists from Langdale to Powell River take part in the awesome, fun event. This is a free event, your chance to check out all the many talented Coast artists, and their studio / galleries.

I have personally been working since the end of April preparing for the Art Crawl, knowing that if past years hold true I can possibly have over 500 visitors. Just finishing making the final works (see picture above), and about to start the massive annual clean up of my workshop, to double the display area of my home gallery.

Almost every item I have for the Art Crawl is available for pre-viewing on my website: Coast Chimes. currently over 190 large wind chimes, smaller chimes, and suncatchers. All the prices on Coast Chimes and Etsy are in US dollars, but when you come and shop in person, you get charged in Canadian dollars, saving a fair amount (ie, if the website says $50 US, you get charge $50 CA when you visit in person).

I look very forward to seeing many people at the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Outdoor Natural Beach Stone Wind Chime, Copper Wind Chime

Natural Pacific beach stone wind chime with five copper chimes: Coast Chimes
Natural Pacific Beach Stone Wind Chime
Five Copper Chimes
Beach Stone Clapper
$175 at Coast Chimes

This has been an extremely busy past few weeks, as I work hard preparing for the annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl (October 20-22, 2017). This will be my 3rd year participating, and if past years hold true, I can expect north of 500 visitors to my studio gallery. It is very enjoyable to see people meeting my wind chimes and suncatchers face-to-face (face-to-chime?), as they typically seem to love what I do.

As I make extra stock for the art crawl, I also photograph most of it, and place them on my website (Coast Chimes), and in my Etsy Shop.

This means I will hopefully be in good shape for the Christmas rush, too, which will allow for more time to promote on line (blog, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.). The only trick is to remember to photograph each item that sells during the art crawl, so I can remove it from my online sites. I really try hard to keep things accurate, because I know how frustrating it is to invest time choosing something online, only to be told it is no longer available. Not good!

Monday, October 02, 2017

Modern Suncatcher: Artist-made Sea Glass with Driftwood

Framed artist-made beach glass with natural driftwood
Framed Artist-made Sea Glass with Natural Driftwood
Coast Chimes

I love this framed glass piece. It took me a long time to find just the right piece of driftwood wood, but it all came together very nicely in the end.

Almost all of the works in my studio gallery are photographed and available on my website, and Etsy, but a few I hold back, including this one. I am reserving some of these for the fast approaching Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2017, October 20-22. A few others are just too big to ship. A few are just not ready for me to say goodbye to yet.

If this framed piece does not sell during the Art Crawl, I will probably put it on my websites, and say goodbye to it pretty fast, especially with the Christmas rush soon to start, the busiest time of year.

Detail image, framed driftwood with glass suncatcher
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Color for Your Garden

Large outdoor kaleidoscope wind chime: Coast Chimes
Kaleidoscope Large Outdoor Wind Chime
Five Copper Chimes
$175 at Coast Chimes

Always a popular choice, my kaleidoscope wind chimes and suncatchers look awesome anywhere, anytime, but they truly shine if they can be hung where early morning / late afternoon sunlight can filter through the glass from behind. I say the glass 'wakes up' when the sun shines through, and you  are treated to that kaleidoscope of color.

The small pieces of artist-made sea glass are loosely trapped between two extra-thick plates of glass in a well crafted red cedar box frame. All the cedar is treated with an exceptional tung nut oil finish that will never peel or flake.

The five hand cut copper chimes are double brushed, treated with a reactive (that will also never peel or flake), scrubbed down with steel wool, and polished: gorgeous!

The beach stone clapper, or striker, produces a sweet sound against the copper chimes.

An absolutely amazing additon to any garden, yard, patio, or deck.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Awesome Handcrafted High-quality Outdoor Wind Chimes

Large outdoor kaleidoscope sea glass wind chime, blue and greens, Coast Chimes

Soothing, Cool Blue and Greens,
Artist-made Sea Glass
Wind Chimes $175 at Coast Chimes

When the sun shines through the glass, you are treated to a kaleidoscope of color! The small artist-made sea glass pieces are loosely trapped between two plates of extra-thick glass in a well crafted cedar box frame

The five copper chimes are double brushed, treated with a reactive (not paint, this finish will never peel or flake), hand polished, and suspended with handcrafted copper rings-- no string or fishing line to wear and break.

The beach stone clapper, or striker, produces sweet sound against the copper chimes.

See this and many other wind chimes, chimes, and suncatchers at Coast Chimes.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Wind Chimes and Suncatches, Maximum Selection Right Now

Kaleidoscope Glass and Copper Large Outdoor Wind Chime

Kaleidoscope Artist-made Sea Glass
Large Outdoor Wind Chime
Five Copper Chimes
$175 at Coast Chimes

This stunning kaleidoscope wind chime would be a welcome addition to any garden, yard, or patio. Some people even use it inside, as kinetic art. When the sun shines through the loose glass morsels, you are treated to a kaleidoscope of colour!

I am currently working hard making lots of new stock for the annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, October 20-22, 2017, and, yes, already for the fast approaching Christmas rush. This is a great time to visit my website, as it has the yearly maximum selection, before a big slump from stock cleared through art crawl sales, and then early Christmas shoppers.

My website can be found here: Coast Chimes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sea Glass Freestanding Kaleidoscope Suncatcher

Freestanding kaleidoscope suncatcher, perfect for a sunny windowsill.

Freestanding Kaleidoscope Suncatcher
Perfect for a Sunny Windowsill
$75 at Coast Chimes

My freestanding kaleidoscope suncatchers can really jazz up your sunny windowsill. When the sun shines through the artist-made sea glass, you are treated to a kaleidoscope of color!

The glass morsels are loosely trapped between 2 plates of extra-thick glass in a well crafted cedar box frame. The cedar has been treated with an exceptional eco-friendly tung nut oil finish that will never peel or flake.

See all the awesome suncatchers on the Coast Chimes Suncatcher pages. $10 expert shipping to anywhere in the USA or Canada.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Home on the Sunshine Coast, Good to be Back

Beach Gibsons BC Canada

Beach, Gibsons BC, Canada

After a short camping trip into the interior of British Columbia, as lovely as it was, I am reminded on returning to the Sunshine Coast just how lucky we are to live here. I have been back and forth across Canada, and through much of the USA, and the Sunshine Coast is awfully hard to beat.

We had a long, dusty trip home, much of it on gravel roads. That back country is wild and awesome. But an afternoon reading on the beach back home, swimming, and maybe a short snooze, is just about perfect.

This picture was taken near Granthams Landing, which is just steps from the small town of Gibsons. There was no one else on this section of beach. And the water was super clear, and warm.

If you visit the Sunshine Coast, try to leave time to visit Coast Chimes. You can see some real west coast works of art, perfect for gifts.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Wild British Columbia, Tenting Near Gold Bridge

Carpenter Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Carpenter Lake, British Columbia, Canada

A road less traveled in British Columbia is the Lillooet Pioneer Road, or Carpenter Lake Road, heading east from Lillooet. It is maintained, but can be pretty rugged. However, during the summer 2 wheel drive is okay. It passes through some awesome scenery.

We just returned from 2 nights of camping at Tyax Wilderness Resort, on Tyaughton Lake, just off the Carpenter Lake Road. The whole area abounds with camping opportunities, including some decent free sites.

This entire area feels very remote, even though it is just a day's drive from Vancouver. The main town, Goldbridge, has a population under 50. There are a lot of rivers, lakes, and some grizzly bears. A mother bear with 3 cubs was frequenting the area where we camped in our small tent: a bit of a sleepless night. It's funny how acute your night hearing becomes, when you know a bear is in the area. All those leaves rustling, twigs cracking. We never saw the bear.

Fun trip.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Frosty Glass 'Ice' Cubes with Black Beach Stones Outdoor Wind Chimes

Frosty glass 'ice' cubes with black beach stones wind chime
Frosty Glass 'Ice' Cubes with Black Beach Stones
Five Antiqued Copper Chimes
Wind Chime
$175 at Coast Chimes

This is a wind chime of contrast: black and white. The frosty white glass cubes are treated glass from a vandalized bus shelter. The beach stones are very black, from a local beach where there is an abundance of this type of stone. Together, they make a very interesting combination.

With my usual high-quality deluxe copper chimes that have been double-brushed, treated with a reactive, and polished with steel wool. The beach stone clapper produces a very sweet sound against the copper.

See all my wind chimes and suncatchers at Coast Chimes.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Outdoor Well Crafted Blue Glass and Antiqued Copper Wind Chimes

Cobalt blue glass with antiqued copper wind chime: Coast Chimes
Cobalt Blue Glass with Antiqued Copper
$87 USD at Coast Chimes

Cobalt blue glass somehow just really goes perfectly with antiqued copper, as can be seen in the picture above. The glass looks awesome anytime, but really comes alive when the sunlight shines through from behind.

All the glass is artist-made beach glass, upcycled from old bottles. The copper is cut, brushed, treated with a reactive, steel wool brushed, hammered. The chimes are cut from brass and also treated with a reactive (a finish that will not peel or flake, but only look even better over time). These chimes are made to last, and may be enjoyed fully exposed to the elements all year long.

See all the Coast Chimes' wind chimes and suncatchers by clicking here: Coast Chimes

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Freestanding Sea Glass Inspired Kaleidoscope Suncatcher

Freestanding kaleidoscope suncatcher by Coast Chimes
Freestanding Kaleidoscope Suncatcher
$95 at Coast Chimes

This freestanding kaleidoscope suncatcher is perfect for a sunny windowsill. When the sunlight passes through the small pieces of glass, it comes alive with beauty! The artist-made sea glass is loosely trapped between 2 plates of extra-thick glass in a well crafted red cedar box frame.

Coast Chimes has many styles of suncatchers, with and without chimes. Visit those without chimes  in the Suncatcher Section of Coast Chimes.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Large Glass and Copper Outdoor Wind Chimes

Glass and copper colourful large outdoor wind chime by Coast Chimes
Color for Your Garden
$185 at Coast Chimes
It's hard to believe this beautiful glass comes from old bottles: talk about great upcycling! It truly is awesome glass, with smooth edges and a mat finish. It is artist-made beach glass.

And it is hard to beat copper for outdoor decor. This wind chime is all copper and glass, with the exception of the solid red cedar wood roundel from which the chimes are suspended, and the beach stone clapper. All the hardware is handmade from copper (hooks, hooklets, rings). Even the wire used for the beach stone clapper is copper. So nothing is going to rot or break: this chime is made to last!

Find lots more wind chimes from glass, beach stones, driftwood, starting for as low as $55,  at Coast Chimes.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Beach Stones Naturally Beautiful Wind Chimes

Natural Pacific beach stone wind chime with five copper chimes: Coast Chimes
Natural Pacific Beach Stone Wind Chime
Five Copper Chimes
$175 at Coast Chimes

Beach stones are awesome. One of the cool things about them is that they look even better when they are wet (like from the tide going out), and this copper wind chime is not afraid of the rain. So hang this up, enjoy it all year round, and have a good look at the intensified colours and shininess of the smooth rounded beach stones when it rains.

Visit the beach stone section of Coast Chimes to see lots of different stone wind chimes: Beach Stones.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Forest Fire Smoke, Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada

Forest Fire Smoke, Gibsons BC Canada August 2017
Forest Fires Across British Columbia
Cause Grey Skies on the Sunshine Coast
It's selfish , as there are many people across British Columbia effected much more directly than the inconvenience of filthy air-- many have been are are currently under evacuation notice, and some have lost their homes. So obviously I am grateful not to be running from active flames. However, I still can not help but feel bitter, as selfish as that may be.

We have wet, grey winters here with far too few blue sky days. Last winter was also cold, with snow in my backyard for months. Everyday through the winter I walk, often along the ocean, and dream of coming warm summer days, and, yes, blue skies. All that waiting, dreaming, and nothing...

Well, at least the ocean is warm. I hope the wind shifts and the blue skies come be back soon.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

New Beautiful Blue Glass and Copper Handcrafted Wind Chimes

Cobalt blue glass and copper wind chime: Coast Chimes
Cobalt Blue Glass & Copper
$185 USD Coast Chimes
After 25 years, my glass continues to impress me by its beauty. To think, it all comes from bottles that were going to be thrown away or smashed!

Because my glass comes from bottles, I have a fairly limited colour palette. But those few colours I do have are all gorgeous, especially when the sunlight shines through from behind. When the early morning or late afternoon sunlight shines through the glass, I think of that as the glass coming alive: amazing!

The copper I use compliments the glass so well, too. I just can't imagine a better combination. Check out my website to see all the different wind chimes I make, and suncatchers, too: Coast Chimes

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Driftwood: Naturally Awesome

Natural driftwood wind chime, large, outdoors, five copper chimes.
Naturally Beautiful Pacific Driftwood Wind Chime
$325 USD, Coast Chimes
As soon  as I saw this piece of driftwood on the beach, I knew it would made a spectacular wind chime. This wood is overflowing with character. At 6.5 feet long, it will need space, but most people can easily find room by suspending it from the eves of their house. It could also be hung under a high deck, or from the branch of a large tree.

You can find many interesting driftwood wind chimes in the driftwood section of my website: Driftwood.

If driftwood is not your thing, you can see all of my glass and copper wind chimes at suncatchers elsewhere on the site: Coast Chimes.

Below is a detail image of the intriguing driftwood in the chime above.

Driftwood detail image

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hiking, Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast, BC

Hiking Sunshine Coast British Columbia
One of My Favourite Spots
Just Above Roberts Creek, BC
Sunshine Coast

From Powell River to Port Melon, the Sunshine Coast is without doubt rich in awesome hiking options.

Before moving close to Gibsons, we lived in upper Roberts Creek, and that is where I first discovered the almost countless trails this area boast. Every once in a while, I enjoy returning to this part of the coast, to revisit those trails. Just yesterday, I took a friend through one of these routes. A beautiful blue sky day, and early enough so we did not wilt from heat. Perfect!

The picture above is one of my very favourite spots on the coast. It's such a peaceful spot. But it is also typical of many of the trails on the Sunshine Coast.

One thing: because there are so many trails, it is pretty easy to get turned around and loose your way. I recommend the free app,, available at the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Apps. Unlike Google Maps or Apple Maps, actually has a lot of hiking trails on the maps. If I did not know the area well, I would not go to a place like where I took this picture without it, and even though I know the area well, I still reference the maps from time to time.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Beach Combing, Gibsons British Columbia, Canada

Interesting driftwood found near Gibsons, BC; soon to be a Coast Chimes Wind Chime
Driftwood Found Near Gibsons, BC
Soon to be a Coast Chimes Wind Chime

Most summer days, I take at least an hour off from working on my wind chimes to go on a walk down to the ocean. There I can stroll along the shore, and, with luck, find something interesting to bring home to make into a wind chime (so is that really taking time off from work?). Yesterday I found an especially attractive piece of driftwood: so much character!

You can see all my driftwood wind chimes in the driftwood section of my website: Driftwood

Or visit the beach stone section to see some driftwood mixed with beach stones: Beach Stones

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful Simplicity: Cobalt Blue Glass Wind Chime

Coast Chimes cobalt blue glass and copper wind chime with handmade brass chimes
Cobalt Blue Glass & Copper Wind Chime
Handmade Antiqued Brass Chimes
$87 at Coast Chimes

As a designer, I love simple. There is something very appealing to the eye, when things are taken to their least complicated level. That is why this chime is one of my favourites: simplicity.

Quality is important, too. Over the years, I have searched out the finest materials, and my designs always take durability very seriously. I do not want my wind chimes and suncatchers to be one summer affairs. The nylon coated multi-strand stainless steel I use to secure the chimes is an example of that, along with the sterling silver crimps (no rusting away). The chimes are treated with a reactive: not paint or polish, and this finish will never peel or flake away.

You can find this wind chime and other awesome works on my website: Coast Chimes. $10 flat express shipping to the USA and Canada.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Urban Organic Food Garden Success

Organic urban food garden produces lots of food
A Small Yard
Produces Lots of Organic Goodness
We moved into our new house 3 years ago, and while I got going in my new workshop producing wind chimes for the world, my wife got going on what at that time was a barren, scorched earth landscape.

My only stipulation was that I would not be cutting any grass. We moved from acreage where there was A LOT of grass, and I felt strongly I never wanted to walk back and forth with a lawn mower again. She agreed, and the result is what you see pictured above: food.

She did invest many, many hours, but that turned out to be something she really enjoys; pulling weeds, planting seeds, and, of course, harvesting. This little yard produces so much, we had to buy a freezer.

As I hear the noisy lawn mowers firing up to the left, the right, I laugh. Those characters are going to spend an hour walking back and forth, then maybe climb in their car and go to the grocery store to buy expensive, pesticide coated, produce for their supper.

I suggest, if you have a yard, or even just a patio, that you grow your own.

If you live on the Sunshine Coast, BC, or visit, you are welcome to come by. My studio is open pretty much everyday, and I'm happy to show off both the garden and my outdoor art for the home and garden. See my work and get directions on my visitors page of my website: Coast Chimes.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Large Outdoor Natural Pacific Wind Chimes

Copper, driftwood, beach stone out door wind chime by Coast Chimes
Copper, Driftwood, Beach Stone Wind Chime
Found Here at  Coast Chimes
You can read the history of the wave tossed sun bleached driftwood used in this wind chime: it's been wave tossed and sand rubbed. The beautiful rounded, smooth beach stone tells a similar story. With the antiqued copper chimes, it all comes together in a most awesome way.

These wind chimes made of stone and wood look even more beautiful when they are wet from the rain. It is definitely a chime for all year outdoor usage, in all climates. Solid.

See this and many other striking wind chimes and suncatchers at Coast Chimes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Natural Pacific Driftwood Copper Wind Chime Design

New Natural Pacific Driftwood Wind Chime Design
Five Copper Chimes
$175 Coast Chimes

What a warm, welcoming wind chime! Naturally beautiful. This is a new design and I love the simplicity. It's going to look wonderful hanging in any garden, yard, or on any deck-- or from the eves of your house.

The driftwood really matches with the antiqued copper of the chimes. These chimes produce a gentle, soothing sound: not at all like the large aluminum chimes that are impressive in the store, but annoying at home. The secret to a nice sound is the beach stone clapper, or striker: hard against soft metal does magic.

Find this set, and other styles including a small brass chime set, at Coast Chimes.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Driftwood and Beach Stone West Coast Nature Wind Chimes

West Coast beach stone and driftwood wind chime, five copper chimes, Coast Chimes
West Coast Nature Wind Chime
Driftwood and Beach Stones
Five Copper Chimes
$275 Available at Coast Chimes

I really like to use as many natural, local, materials as possible in my wind chime designs. The style pictured here takes that to the maximum, with the awesome collection from the beach.

I have a number of this style on my website, including some much smaller ones for $85.

Whether big or small, all ship anywhere in the USA or Canada for a flat $10.

The chimes and windsail are pure copper, by the way: gorgeous! The beach stone clapper, or striker, creates a soothing, lovely sound against the antiqued copper chimes.

Visit Coast Chimes now, to see all the amazing designs.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Deluxe Handcrafted Bird Feeder Wind Chime

Coast Chimes deluxe bird feeder wind chime
Deluxe Red Cedar Handcrafted
Bird Feeder Wind Chime
$275 at Coast Chimes
One of the big projects each year is the making of my deluxe red cedar bird feeders. I only make them once a year, and when they are sold out, they are gone until the following year. Sometimes they sell out very quickly, and other times they remain until the Christmas rush. This year I have one left from last year's stock, probably because I never put it on Etsy. I really wanted to keep it, to use as a template for this year's crop, but it is listed on Coast Chimes' website: .Here

I am terribly proud of this design. I came up with it about 20 years ago, actually as a lamp design. The table lamp was a little different, but basically all the elements were present. I then turned it into a bird feeder wind chime, and each year made a few improvements. It is one gorgeous, awesome bird feeder.

Sometimes people ask if the chimes bother the birds. I hung this style at my home when I had acreage, and never noticed any reaction from any birds, regarding the chimes. It's cool, because when a bird lands, there tends to be a gentle chiming, and when it takes off, even more of a chiming, as it pushes off. Very nice!

I just got my supply of red cedar from the local mill, which dried quickly under the summer sun, and will be starting to make this years's supply of feeders before too long.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Outdoor Glass and Copper Garden Yard Decor

Kaleidoscope glass and copper art wind chime: Coast Chimes
Kaleidoscope Wind Chime
See it at Coast Chimes

As popular as it is beautiful: the Coast Chimes kaleidoscope wind chime. It looks great anywhere, anytime, but to see it at its best it should be hung where the morning and late afternoon sunlight can filter through the glass from behind: an awesome show of brilliant colours!

This wind chime is extremely well made-- like all Coast Chimes products. The glass pieces are loosely trapped between two plates of extra-thick glass in a red cedar box frame. All the red cedar has been treated with an exceptional tung nut oil finish.

The five copper chimes are the pride of Coast Chimes. The process is long, but the results are striking. The copper is cut, double sanded, treated with a reactive (this finish will not peel or flake), scrubbed with steel wool, and polished. There are no strings or fishing line: all copper connections. This wind chime sounds great due to the beach stone clapper, or striker-- copper is soft, so a really hard clapper produces the sweetest sound.

Find this wind chime and other great creations at the Coast Chimes website. $10 express shipping on all orders.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Gibsons, BC, Sunshine Coast, Canada

Gibsons BC Swimming Beach
Looking Back at My
Summer Afternoon Swimming Beach
Gibsons, BC, Canada

As a self-employed artist, one thing I learned very early is that discipline is important. It is all too easy to get sloppy, start later, finish earlier, read one more chapter. Then you end up not getting things done that need to be done, and it all slides downhill from there.

Before going to sleep at night, I typically make a little list in my head of what I will start with the following morning, what I will accomplish during the day. It helps a lot for getting going in the morning, and for sticking to it during the day. If I fall short of accomplishing all that is on that list, it's not the end of the world, but I feel a bit bad and resolve to work harder the next day. This works really well for me.

During the summer, Gibsons / the Sunshine Coast is the place to be. Not too hot, but hot enough to have a swim that feels great. Blue skies. It is very tempting to take a lot of time off. And I do take some time-- everyone deserves some holiday! But the summer is also the time where I do a lot of my main work, because the wood I work with is dry, the glass can be handled more easily, and there is a long list of things needing to be finished before the October Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, and Christmas rush.

The way I handle the urge to toss everything and spend the day at the ocean reading and swimming is to make that list in my head, and finish it before taking off. But almost every nice day, I do walk down to the local sandy beach (10 minutes stroll, and just happens to be one of the nicest ones on the Coast). It is a wonderful incentive to work hard and finish up: a treat, and it doesn't cost a dime.

If visiting Vancouver, or Vancouver Island, I highly recommend you take a side trip to the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy the slower life style, pick up a Purple Banner Guide of artists' studios and galleries (available on the ferries and in the tourists' bureaus). Make sure to drop by Coast Chimes (directions)-- I'm here everyday working (except for when I am down having a swim!) and would love to show you what I do.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Beaver Gnawed Driftwood Wind Chimes

Beaver gnawed driftwood with five copper chimes: Coast Chimes
Awesome Beaver Gnawed Driftwood
Five Copper Chimes
Outdoor Wind Chime: Coast Chimes

I've never seen anything like it: a gorgeous piece of driftwood cut at both ends by a beaver. Perfect for one of my large outdoor handcrafted copper wind chimes. Then, even better, I found a smaller piece of beaver gnawed driftwood just a few weeks later, nearly in the same spot along the beach. So there is a little brother to the large one pictured above.

Beaver cut driftwood, 3 handcrafted brass chimes: Coast Chimes
Little Brother to the Large Beaver Driftwood
See it at Coast Chimes

Monday, July 03, 2017

Delicious Time of Year: Urban Garden

Colorful organic Swiss chard from home urban yard garden
Colorful Organic Swiss Chard from
Urban Home Yard Garden

Possibly my favourite time of year: warm days, cool nights, and awesome treats arriving daily on our dining table, thanks to my wife's hours in our yard garden.

I usually grocery shop once a week, Sunday mornings, and just now it is really happening. Making out the list, and realized I can almost completely skip the produce aisles. So cool!

It is shocking to me just how much food a very small yard garden can produce. I realized just how much last year, when I had to go out and buy a chest freezer!

I encourage you to rip up the grass and put a few raised beds in. The time you save from not having to mow and care for your lawn, invest in planting and weeding and harvesting. Enjoy better food.

Below is a picture of our little yard garden.

Organic urban yard food garden.
This little yard produces a lot of food

Friday, June 30, 2017

Awesome Garden Decor: Freestanding Suncatcher Wind Chime

Freestanding suncatcher with a beach stone base by Coast Chimes
Freestanding Suncatcher Wind Chime
Beach Stone Base
See it at Coast Chimes
This freestanding wind chime is brilliant. The beach stone base fits anywhere, but looks especially wonderful partially buried in mulch. It is also suitable for rock gardens. Many enjoy this style on their patio or sundeck, as well. Versatile, and a high degree of cool factor.

The glass is artist-made sea glass. The chimes are hand cut brass, 7, 6, 5 inches long, and attached to the handcrafted hanger with nylon coated stainless steel via sterling silver crimps. This is made to provide years of pleasure.

Visit Coast Chimes to see all the awesome designs.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hiking, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada

Hiking British Columbia, Canada, day hikes Powell River
Cool Hiking Trail
Inland Lake, Powell River, BC

There's nothing to clear the head and raise the spirits like a good long hike. This past weekend, we went on one of the nicer ones I have been on, and that says a lot, since I have been on hundreds, maybe thousands, of hikes around BC.

Inland Lake Provincial Park is just a short drive from Powell River. Although it is a top rated destination, GPS is useful to find the start of the trail, near the boat launch. The trail follows the entire perimeter of the lake, about 13 kilometres (8 miles). We spent an exceptionally pleasant day frequently pausing for swimming. Warm, clear water, and a pristine view.

The trail is in excellent condition: wide, and completely flat. A very easy hike. Although highly rated on Trip Advisor, on a beautiful Sunday we saw very few other people.

The entire Sunshine Coast is loaded with awesome hiking opportunities. Tough to beat.

When you visit the Coast, take time out to visit my studio gallery in Granthams Landing, Gibsons. You'll see glass, copper, beach stone, driftwood works that you won't find anywhere else You can preview them on my website: Coast Chimes.

Happy trails!

Friday, June 23, 2017

High-quality Wind Chimes: A Little More Money, A Lot More Quality

Glass and copper handcrafted outdoor wind chime, Coast Chimes
Artist-made Sea Glass and Copper Wind Chime
Great Outdoors all Year Long
Coast Chimes
Some people are hesitant to hang something like the glass and copper wind chime pictured above outdoors, especially through the winter. But I have invested a huge amount of time and research finding the finest materials and discovering the best methods of design to be able to confidently assure them that it will be just fine. Having made my glass and copper creations for nearly 25 years, I still hear from some early customers that they are enjoying their wind chime to this day. I am not surprised. Yes, a Coast Chimes wind chime or suncatcher is a little bit of an initial investment, but it is made to last.

Visit Coast Chimes and see all the awesome designs.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beach Combing, Sunshine Coast British Columbia

Natural Pacific Beach stones wind chime with five copper chimes: Coast Chimes
Natural Pacific Beach Stones
with Five Copper Chimes
$175 plus $10 Expedited Shipping
Coast Chimes
Beach combing is one of the things I really enjoy about my work. I love to use natural materials, and living on the coast, that most often means driftwood and beach stones. These are awesome materials!

The wind chime featured in the picture is beautiful in its simplicity. I consider it a very west coast, very Zen, design.

Best of all, it looks even better on wet days. When the stones are wet, they shine, and the colors become much more intense. Enjoy this extremely well made wind chime outdoors, all year round.

Visit the Coast Chimes beach stone section to see many more designs.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Beach Stones and Driftwood Make Really Great Wind Chimes

West Coast driftwood, beach stone, glass wind chime
West Coast Driftwood, Beach Stone, Glass & Copper
Wind Chime
$95 Coast Chimes
Spending a lot of time walking along the local beaches searching for great driftwood and wonderful beach stones is part of my job. A good part! The second part is searching through all the driftwood, stones, and glass pieces I have in my workshop, and combining them to make a creation that works for me aesthetically. The wind chime pictured above is an example of success.

Finally my shipment of new diamond bits, long needed for drilling beach stones, has arrived, and there will be many new works appearing on my website featuring beach stones. You can see all the beach stone works HERE, and all the driftwood works HERE.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

West Coast Wind Chime Beach Stones Driftwood Copper: Coast Chimes

Coast Chimes beach stones and driftwood large outdoor wind chime
West Coast Driftwood & Beach Stones
Wind Chime
Five Copper Chimes
Coast Chimes
Part of my job is to go beach combing-- quite a perk! Although there are tons of driftwood here on the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada, it is actually quite challenging to find pieces suitable for my needs. Most pieces are way, way too large, and many of the smaller pieces are all smashed up. So I spend quite a few hours on the beach, looking for the 'good' stuff.

The design above is popular. I have been out of stock for several weeks, and only now am I starting to get a few more set to list on my website. Once I have all of them made, and photographed, i plan to place them on my website all at the same time. Probably around June 16-20th.

I also plan to make a few of the smaller chimes with driftwood and beach stones: I have some amazing wood for those. So keep an eye on Coast Chimes to see all these new West Coast chimes.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Copper Wind Chimes, Coast Chimes

Copper wind chime hanging at a customer's home
A Coast Chimes Copper Wind Chime
Hanging at a customer's home in Ohio

It is always such a pleasure hearing from my customers, especially when they are so excited to have just hung up their new wind chimes. All the better when they send along a picture of the wind chime at its new home. Happy customers is really what it is all about.

I also like to hear from customers from the past. I have been making wind chimes for almost 25 years, and sometimes I do hear from those early customers. These chimes last! Using the finest materials, and designing for durability, makes all the difference.

Visit Coast Chimes to see all the different styles of wind chimes and suncatchers.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Hiking, Sunshine Coast, BC

Hiking on Mount Elphinstone, Sunshine Coast Canada
Hiking on the Sunshine Coast
Gibsons, BC, Canada

The Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada is rich in hiking adventures. The picture above is from the Mount Elphinstone trail, an estimated 6 hour round trip route. My wife and I did not push too hard, and managed to complete it in about 4 hours, including a lunch break at the top enjoying the view. It is one of the more beautiful hikes out of a very long list of gorgeous hikes I have undertaken on the Coast, but also, no doubt about it, one of the more strenuous.  In fact, I was not wearing very good shoes, just slip ons, and coming down was so steep that my toes constantly banged forward hitting and now, about a year later, I still have two black toenails! Such a beautiful trail, a little pain is nothing.

From Langdale through Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, and on up to Pender Harbour (and beyond, to Powell River) there are hundreds, if not thousands, of short to long hikes, full of stunning scenery, and the likely hood of seeing some interesting wildlife, too (i.e., bears).

Be prepared to be wowed, but also be prepared. Know where you are going, tell someone where you are going, and when you plan to be back, dress appropriately (don't wear crummy slip ons for mountain hikes!). I know from early hiking days, a step off the trail, a little turn around, and you can get very lost, very fast. Most trails are well marked, but some certainly are not!

When visiting the Sunshine Coast, pick up the Purple Banner guide of artists' studios and galleries, because the Coast is also full of serious talent. Lots of fun to stop in and visit the art scene. You can certainly stop by Coast Chimes, and see wind chimes like you never imagined (also enjoy a unique house and urban food garden).

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

What to Do, Gibsons, British Columbia

Natural Pacific Driftwood Wind Chime with Five Copper Chime by Coast Chimes
Natural Pacific Driftwood Wind Chime
5 Large Copper Chimes
Handcrafted by Coast Chimes

I love natural driftwood, and the huge piece forming the wind chime pictured above is gorgeous. It is naturally silver-colored, from the salt water and from the sun bleaching. It goes perfectly with the 5 antiqued copper chimes, with their beach stone clapper / striker.

I do ship large works like this, although it is the sort of chime I honestly hope someone will stop by and buy locally. Coast Chimes is open 7 days a week, and if you are able to drop by I am sure you will enjoy seeing the workshop and touring the gallery. You will also enjoy a considerable discount from the website prices! Gibsons, BC, is an awesome town, and the Sunshine Coast, BC, is an amazing place to visit.

All the works in my gallery are also viewable on my website. So why not visit my site, and if you can drop by, I'll be happy to see you, and otherwise ordering from my website is easy. Visit the website Coast Chime, or the Gallery Coast Chimes.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Copper Handcrafted Outdoor Large Wind Chime

Handcrafted high quality copper wind chimes by Coast Chimes
High Quality Genuine Copper Wind Chime
by Coast Chimes

At Coast Chimes, most of the wind chimes feature art on top of the chimes. But many people want a simple, very high-quality wind chime, without the art. Pictured above is the perfect solution.

The large copper chimes at Coast Chimes are completely handcrafted. The metal is cut, smoothed, double brushed, treated with a reactive (not paint: this finish will not peel or flake), and polished.

The hardware is all handmade. On the large copper chimes, the hardware is all copper: no fishing line or cotton to wear out and break. These chimes are made to be beautiful and also extremely durable.

The cedar roundel is solid wood: not laminated plywood as found on many mass produced wind chimes. The wood is treated with an wonderful tung nut oil, a finish which will also never flake or peel.

Copper is a soft metal, and it is a challenge to achieve a nice sound. Coast Chimes uses a beach stone clapper, or striker, to produce lovely, soothing sound.

Beautiful, durable, and wonderful sound: this is an awesome wind chime. Visit Coast Chimes to check out all the amazing wind chimes.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Purple Banner, Sunshine Coast BC Studio and Gallery Guide

Sunshine Coast BC Art Studios and Galleries Purple Banner
Sunshine Coast British Colombia
Art Studios and Galleries
Purple Banner

The Sunshine Coast, BC, has a very large and active art community. Many artists and galleries, including Coast Chimes, take part in the Purple Banner promotion, through the Coast Cultural Alliance. This year's guide is a work of art in itself, simply beautiful! If you visit the Sunshine Coast, pick up a guide which is available on the ferries, in tourist centres, and in Vancouver at the main tourist office.

The Sunshine Coast is a fabulous place to visit, and with this guide, or simply looking for the flying purple flags, you can enjoy visiting awesome studios and galleries all up and down the coast.