Home Woodcarving Renovations About/Contact

Welcome to the web site of Iain Bruce. Iain can be commissioned to design, build, install old world architectural features for your next renovation. Specializing in Nordic/Celtic inspired woodcarving, cast concrete features, and all sorts of architectural oddities in between.

"Employ a craftsman for your next project, then you too can complain about the poor quality of the items in your Costco shopping cart."

Iain can be commissioned for Celtic inspired architectural design details on fascia, door casing, wall panels, and timber frame features. Sculptures for inside your home or out in the garden are often available, and an art show is expected for the Fall of 2019. More will be added on the woodcarving page.

Residential Design & Construction

Beach House
As with many beach homes, charm is created with simple white planks. Some planks around the round window were vinegar stained before paint was applied. Polished beach stones fill knot holes.

Local Yellow Cedar (Cypress) flooring was installed in the loft, and wide plank Alder on the main floor. A vinegar stain was applied with a rag to the Alder flooring. It is a safe product that anyone can make at home, and it costs next to nothing. It was then sealed with a water based polyurethane.

In the third picture the bathroom appears to be an accident waiting to happen. Splinters from worn boards and tetanus shots for all. But this is an illusion as the wood is all sanded smooth, and the reclaimed metal is buffed and lacquered. Better yet, the $3000 saved by not installing imported tile can now be spent on more important things like a deep soaker tub with roman faucets.

Lighting is supplied by aged industrial exterior fixtures. Distressed steel pipe and fittings acts as towel racks, curtain rods and grab bars throughout the home.

Method to the madness.
The initial cost of using profiled Pine planks is higher than drywall until you factor in the overall savings achieved by eliminating all the finishing trim and mouldings associated with drywall. Once you do that, planks are less than half the cost. Other benefits include the added shear strength of planks vs drywall. Unfortunately the exterior walls of this home were only 2x4 studs sheathed in 3/8 plywood. The new interior planks will help this home survive a decent earthquake. And as an added bonus, you can install a shelf anywhere you want, and without those silly drywall anchors or stud finders.

Read more on the renovations page.


Iain Bruce
7755 Sunset Drive
Lake Cowichan, BC v0r2g0

Phone: 250 932 1032
email: iart@shaw.ca