Latest Projects

It’s been a while since I did much work in the shop. I spent most of the summer doing outside projects, etc. that can’t be done in the winter time. (Or at least I don’t want to do them in the winter). In the last few weeks I’ve gotten back to doing a little work on the lathe. Here are my newest completed projects.


This Walnut bowl is about 7 1/4″ in diameter, and 2 3/8″ high. It is finished with Polymerized Tung Oil and buffed with Carnauba Wax


This Yellow Cedar bowl is about 8″ in diameter, and 3 1/8″ high. It is finished with Wipe on Poly and buffed with Carnauba Wax





This Maple bowl is about 5 5/8″ in diameter, and 4 1/8″ high. It is finished with Polymerized Tung Oil and buffed with Carnauba Wax



This Birch bowl is about 12 7/8″ in diameter, and 5 3/8″ high. It is finished with Beeswax Bowl Finish and buffed with Carnauba Wax





Mission_Kanahta_View_of_Kugluktuk_Nunavut_-_Small_f6880d06-44c3-4b55-a84a-fc80d19057e8_grandeI would like to officially congratulate Kanahta in the opening of their new online store.

Kanahta is an online and pop-up retail project, selling simple, well made things from the north; a curation of Canadian crafts for the home. They believe in collaboration, and the building of meaningful relationships with the people they work with. Their opening collection contains thirty-six essentials for Living, Playing and Eating, and a special collection of Vintage items, created by fifteen makers from across Canada.



I did a collaboration with Isac from Kanahta several months ago, and am happy to see their store MaplePlates--2online.

They have a 10% opening discount in effect until June 20, 2016.

You can find their site here: Kanahta. Sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date.

Talk soon, Ralph

Cariboo Keepsakes

I just joined the Quesnel Crafter’s Society, and have a few of my items on display in their store. I will be adding more and encourage anyone in the Quesnel area or traveling through to drop in and have a look at the vast array of items, all made by local artisans.


Cariboo Keepsakes in Quesnel is owned by the Quesnel Crafter’s Society, which is a non-profit co-op run entirely on a volunteer basis by it’s members. Apparently this little store has been supplying the residents and visitors to Quesnel with arts and crafts made by local artisans for over 20 years.

Cariboo Keepsakes has over 60 members from the areas surrounding Quesnel.  This little store has a great selection of items including candles, quilts, woodwork, handcrafted soaps, pottery, framed art, books, cards, photography, knitting, crochet, jewelry, syrups, honey, moccasins, wood turnings, and all kinds of souvenirs.



Cariboo Keepsakes is having their annual Mother’s Day Sale Thurs. May 5,Friday May 6, and Saturday May 7th. Everything storewide is 10%off, no GST. Enter name for $25 gift certificate draw. So many handcrafted gifts to choose from for Mom.

Cariboo Keepsakes is located at 102 Carson Avenue, Quesnel, BC

Hours are Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays: Occasionally open when there is staff available to work.

Cariboo Keepsakes remains open late on nights the Rocky Mountaineer Train is in town during the summer months.


Cariboo Keepsakes can also be reached by phone at 1 250.991.0419

You can also check out their facebook page here or their website here.



Maple-Walnut Rolling Pin

I just finished this maple and walnut wood turned rolling pin. This is actually the monthly project for the local turning club meeting this coming Wednesday.
Overall length of rolling pin is 21 1/4", the rolling part is 12 3/4" long by 2 1/2" in diameter. Finish is pure Tung Oil (not polymerized). The handles are attached to each other by a through rod that turns freely inside the pin. Works much nicer than the one piece ones.

This is my first post on my new website. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions on my website. It is a work in progress.