Reclaim Your Life

We had a friend from our co-op community come to us with a little project she had been wishing upon for years, she wanted to take 3 ol blocks of wood and make them into something… but what exactly she wasn’t sure.

So we started with a little discovery. What would she REALLY want to see come out of these ol blocks of cedar that had been sitting in her garage for years? 2 side tables and a bench, OK! We can work with that. Where do we go from there ?

What kind of aesthetic was she going for?  Modern, right. Got it! So what can we incorporate in the design and the finish that not only really aligns with her aesthetic goals, but the natural character of the wood itself. This wood was beautiful in it’s colouring, a golden yellow, a truly stunning hue of well dried yellow cedar. It still had a few chunks of bark on parts of the slab that would soon be a bench, and we thought that a nice thick resin would not only bring out the colour, but it would protect the bark and allow it to stay in place and last for years. Not to mention not get clothing all snagged up when being used as a bench! So a resin pour it was, matched with a bold black pair of metal rectangular legs, and Viola! A modern, functional, beautiful bench for our friend and client who had a dream to incorporate reclaimed materials into her life.  To go with the bench we crisped up the edges of the 2 blocks and gave them a nice thick resin top as well so that they could be used for any purpose that they need to be used for and be protected from water rings, scratches and the like.

These pieces are a life long investment, one that she will be able to engage with and enjoy everyday. We are honourned that this dream was trusted to us from one of our good friends at MEC, thank you!! 




The Uncommon Law & The Making of a Wood Table

This year we met Becki & Chris of the . A Common Law couple from Newfoundland and avid DIYers.

For the past 5 years they have been working to transform their 80’s style home back East into a modern and creative space. DIY style. They have documented it every step of the way online via their Blog the, a great resource for all DIYers.

Becki & Chris are kind of what we would think of as DIY Rockstars. Not to mention design/photography/videography ninjas. So when they contacted us to create a reclaimed wood table top for their new home in Vancouver we were stoked.

Living in Vancouver for a 1 year stint they needed a little somethin’ somethin’ DIY for their contemporary living space in the Oakridge district.

So began the creation.  Wood Shop would make the table top & the UncommonLaw  would make the metal pipe base.

And we will let you in on a little secret. We got to spend some time with the UncommonLaw in the Wood Shop, making not only the top but this short video of the wood working process.

Check out the video “The Making of A Reclaimed Table Top” below as well as links to how you can make your own DIY pipe base and a few fab photos of the finished piece in their home.

& Don’t forget to visit  for DIY tips, stories and links to all of their social media channels.







Give the Gift of DIY this Holiday Season

Make memories not garbage this year and give the gift a DIY experience with a Shop Class Session at the Wood Shop.

Giving the gift of a DIY Session is an opportunity to give a gift that not only creates a wonderful memory and a life experience but the maker will also get to bring home a beautiful piece of  hand made furniture or a home decor item.

Here are the options we have for you as the giver of gifts

Gift Certificate

Order a gift certificate via our online store or by email that can be used towards one of our DIY Sessions. We recommend a value of $250 as it will cover the cost of the Session as well as material fees.  Other denominations are also available to fit your needs.  We can email you the Gift Certificate as a PDF to print out or you can come by the Shop to pick it up in person.


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Register via EventBrite

Register the gift recipient for a Session via EventBrite online. Just enter their name and your email info & payment information and VIOLA! You print out the ticket and  wrap as desired. HO-HO-HO  Just remember not to put their email address as we will be sending an order confirmation email!





Have questions? Email us as we are happy to answer any of your questions about our Sessions and how you can give the gift of DIY this Holiday Season.

Reclaimed wood finds it’s place in a modern space

We ventured into a clients space this fall and worked on creating just the right look for this modern home using reclaimed wood with a touch of Antique Oak hardwax finish.

DIY Shop Class Sessions 2017

The 2017 Shop Class Sessions are now online and open to registration.


After having launched our education series this past fall it is with pleasure to say that we have had great success with the Shop Class Sessions and we have posted new dates for January/February.

March will be posted in the next few weeks and rest assured will be increasing the Sessions over the next year to include more dates, new subjects – Out door planter boxes, shelving, beds and more…maybe even evening sessions.

Stay tuned for new dates for March onward and what they entail.

But for now, go and get registered!

*Private Shop Class Sessions available, email for more info.

* Gift Certificates available, email for more info.



A Treat for Modo Members & Friends of Wood Shop

Wood Shop & Modo have partnered up to share a little treat with you, just because we can.


DIY Now in Session

With the leaves turning from lush green to yellows, reds and browns it is time to do a little more indoors then out and get to some of those projects you have been thinking about. Like that DIY table or trunk you have been wanting to make.

Welcome to The Wood Shops DIY Shop Class Sessions.

Registration is Now Open for the Fall Sessions which focus on the creation of a DIY Table or Trunk.

And here is a little gift from us. When you Register and Refer a Friend who registers, you will both be entered into a draw to win one complimentary Shop Class Session of your choice. Up to a $200 value and you have a one in 48 chance of winning!  



Wood Shop wants you to have the perfect night sleep in your dream bed. We work with you to design, build and install your dream bed. Contact Us us to book a consultation.

Groundswell Summer Market & Party

The Wood Shop will be joining in the fun at the Groundswell Summer Market ( & Party! ) on August 25th from 5pm – 10 pm 

Come to the Groundswell Summer Market (& Party!) and shop healthy, sustainable food, fair trade coffee, kombucha, heartwarming porridge, cold-pressed juices, homemade lemonade, unique crafts, upcycled products, get involved in social venture opportunities, volunteer for worthy causes, party and dance to awesome music, and just bask in the presence of this growing community!

Groundswell is beyond grateful and excited to present a summer wrap-up activity to showcase their social ventures, projects, initiatives, and what they been busy with these past months!

WHAT:   Groundswell Summer Market (& Party!)

WHEN:   Thursday, 25th August 2016  Add to Calendar

TIME:      5:00pm-10:00pm (or until the fun stops)

WHERE:  Groundswell Cafe & Learning Space 566 Powell Street, Vancouver BC View Map

Shop emerging, ethical products for yourself & your loved ones! Celebrate with the community – come be inspired, and bring on some happy vibes!

Some of our featured ventures:

*Wood Shop Coop (furniture and handcrafted items from sustainable, upcycled and repurposed wood)

*Rebel Soup (soup from ‘rescued’ vegetables)

*Chirp (natural, nutrient-dense, protein rich baby food)

*Groundswell Youth Microbusiness (serving healthy porridge, cold-pressed juices)

*Counter Cultures (refreshing kombucha – good for you!)

*Fresh Roots (organic vegetables from urban farms by young students)

*Groundswell Small Batch Roasters (organic, sustainable roasts to fund Groundswell students)

*Coffee AID (fair trade, direct-sourced coffee from the Philippine islands)

*Matter Forms (upcycled, unique creations)

*Paid for Purpose (get access to tools and resources to build careers with a positive impact)

*Rebloom Studio (mixed media art and upcycling by Sandra Diaz)

*ImpactFull Consulting (measuring & improving social impacts — helping organizations “do good” even better)

*Circle of Eagles (expanding the reach of community reintegration programming through a mobile community platform)

…and many more!

~Follow the event on social media! 

Facebook |  Twitter & Instagram @groundswellyvr

Guest Bloggers Wanted

Guest Bloggers Wanted

Here at the Wood Shop we love to learn and have new experiences. When we are not busy building the next dream bed for a client, breaking down pallets or trying to build a successful cooperatively owned and managed business we have our noses in books, hands on guitars and feet on the ground moving towards the next mission.

This is all well and good, but just ask us and we will tell you that what really inspires us is hearing from others about what is happening in the world of Upcycling, DIY, the Co-Operative movement and Social Impact Ventures.

That is why we would like to hear from you and invite you to share your stories, projects, and journey’s with us on our Blog and Social Media Feeds.

Content that will be considered should be related to: 

Social Venture/Social Impact Businesses                                                                                                   *Start Ups and Established ventures welcome. For profit and not for profit ventures are also welcome.

The Co-Operative Movement

DIY Projects that use upcycled materials; in particular wood, or are related home and garden projects

Recycling/Upcycling  Initiatives, Projects and Businesses

Special Events & Happenings related to any of the above.

Community/Environmental Improvement & Development Projects * think gardens, environmental stewardship, animal welfare, gathering spaces, art projects etc.

Do you think that your content doesn’t fit in anywhere to the above mentioned? Send us an email with your content ideas, we would love to hear from you!

Contact Jessica Valentine via email at for full details.

*Please note that this is an opportunity for you to create content and share your story.  The Wood Shop is happy to provide light support in the development of your Blog post, but we do not have the capacity to create content on your behalf.