Sunday, January 23, 2011

Arbutus Tealight Holders

Over the holidays we spent some time with family on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. While we were there, we were able to fit a few pieces of arbutus wood in our luggage to take back to frigid ol' Toronto. Arbutus can be found in abundance all over the Vancouver region, but unfortunately for Southern Ontario-ians, our cold weather climate doesn't allow for this extremely dense and golden coloured tree to grow here.

While digging through the firewood pile for manageable pieces to bring back, I was particularly drawn to this 'perfect' arbutus branch. Inspired by some birch tea light holders that we saw, but regretfully didn't get, while Christmas shopping in Vancouver, I decided to make our indoor workspace more forest-cozy by making arbutus candle holders.

We also found a whole small deer skeleton!
He was nice enough to let us borrow its antlers!


Two chops and three holes.

If you ever get the chance to go out West, you'll be able to pinpoint arbutus trees by it's peeling orange bark and exposed smooth and green-ish brown wood.

- Heather