Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl

Coast Chimes Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
A Little Corner of My Gallery: Coast Chimes  
This past weekend was the annual 3 day Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, and if the crowd swooping down on Coast Chimes (one of the 165 venues) was any indication, what a success! So many people from so many different places (the Crawl is becoming really famous and popular even off the Coast). The gorgeous blue skies meant even wider smiles.

Each year I try to do better. This year I had another 800 feet of ferry lights, and those received a lot of compliments and interest. I'll aim for another 1000 feet next year, to really sparkle!

Each year I wish to have every single chime with a bottom section, i.e., complete. Since the top parts are more interesting for me to make than the chimes, over the winter I tend to fall behind on chime sections. Well, I was far short of achieving my goal-- about 50 small chimes short, and 30 large copper chimes short. Too bad, as it is fun to see all the works displayed, and I had to put many out of sight. Next year will be even better!

If you missed Coast Chimes during the Art Crawl, I am part of the Purple Banner group, so Coast Chimes is open all year round. Maybe phone ahead (604-229-5560) just to make sure I am home and not out on a beach combing mission.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2018, Coast Chimes

Glass and Copper Art Wind Chime, Coast Chimes
One of the more than 200 works available this weekend at the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2018 at Coast Chimes, venue # 10, 535 Woodland Avenue, Gibsons. Hope you can visit!    

Copper Handcrafted Earrrings, Coast Chimes
Free handcrafted copper earrings with every wind chime or suncatcher purchase (also for sale without purchase)
October 19, 20, 21 is the date, this coming weekend, for the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl--  165 venues of great arts and crafts, free to visit and explore.

This will be the 4th time Coast Chimes participates, and it looks like the first time there will be blue skies, and warm temperatures: that's the way to see suncatchers!

I have actually been preparing for several months, and this week I have been transforming my workshop into a second gallery space. Now for the final clean-up, pricing, and arranging. With the blue skies, I look forward to placing more than usual out in the garden as well.

Hope you can visit! But if you can't make it, remember, Coast Chimes welcomes visits all year long.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Large Kaleidoscope Sea Glass Wind Chimes

Kaleidoscope wind chime by Coast Chimes

Kaleidoscope Wind Chime by Coast Chimes

I have been working really hard, preparing for the fast approaching Sunshine Coast Art Crawl where, if history repeats, things should be hopping at my studio. It is the most exciting event of the year, but it does take an enormous amount of preparation. At the same time, I increase my stock enough to have lots available for the Christmas rush, which follows fast after the art crawl.

Just now, I have finished 10 rectangular large kaleidoscope wind chimes. They turned out really well, so I am very pleased. They are a striking addition to any garden, yard, sundeck, or porch. My entire collection of kaleidoscope wind chimes and suncatchers can be found here: Kaleidoscope Works.

Now I am cutting, polishing, assembling copper chime sections. This is one of the most labour intensive parts of all my duties. I hope to get nine sets assembled this week, and then I can move onto mid-sized freestanding beach stone chimes.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Photographing with Smokey Skies, Coast Chimes

Artist-made sea glass and copper large outdoor wind chiime by Coast Chimes
Artist-made Sea Glass and Copper Outdoor Wind Chime

  This is a season of preparing for the very popular Sunshine Coast Art Crawl (October 19-21, 1018), and the quickly following Christmas shopping rush. I need a lot of stock to cover these two events, so my summer is spent busily creating.

Aside from making many great wind chimes and suncatchers, I need to photograph all that stock. That's typically just fine, as the garden looks good as a backdrop, and the sun in the early morning is quite nice for taking pictures. But this year half the province of British Columbia is burning, and although we don't have any major fires nearby, we do have a lot of smoke which blocks much of what would otherwise be blue skies and pure sunshine. Oh, oh!

Well, it turns out that this bright summer sun filtered through smokes is actually kind of nice light for taking pictures of my work! I was fearing a great backlog of works to photograph but, happily, I am snapping away with better results than expected. The light is not harsh (like noon sunshine), nor dim like too early in the morning, and the background is not too brightly illuminated, either, meaning I do not have to deal with underexposed foregrounds, overexposed backgrounds.

So there are a lot of brilliant new works on my website-- why not check it our? Visit Coast Chimes and see them, and some half decent pictures.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Natural Pacific Beach Stone Wind Chime

Large natural Zen Pacific beach stone wind chime
Natural Pacific Beach Stone Wind Chime
Five Antiqued Copper Chimes
Find it at Coast Chimes

Pretty much all my designs are heavily inspired by the beautiful natural environment in which I am fortunate enough to live in-- the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. But many of my designs actually use materials found in nature, right on my doorstep.

This wind chime is a prime example of that. The stones come from my local beach, where I spend a good deal of time selecting them. At home, I put them together in what I find to be an appealing arrangement, and then I drill through each stone to connect them with a very strong copper wire.

The chimes take even more time. Raw copper is okay, but with a lot of elbow grease and some high-quality products, that copper can really glow. Also, I spent many years tweaking the design, until I found exactly what I wanted: beauty, durability, pleasant sound.

Why not visit Coast Chimes and browse all the amazing wind chimes and suncatchers? There is free shipping to the USA and Canada, even for big, heavy items like this impressive wind chime.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Beach Comber's Wind Chime

Beach comber's outdoor large wind chime
Beach Comber's Outdoor Large Wind Chime at Coast Chimes
My daily walk often takes me along the shore of the Pacific Ocean, down below our home. Sometimes I get lucky, and find a wonderful piece of driftwood, such as the one featured in the wind chime above. Or maybe a lovely rounded, smooth, beach stone catches my eye.

While the beaches here are full of stones, and driftwood, most are not for me. The wood, the stone, they have to be just right for me to lug home. Often I come home empty handed, and that is okay, too. Better nothing than the wrong thing. And there will be another day, another hike, soon-- another chance to maybe find just the right piece of wood or just the right stone.

When I do stumble upon a piece of wood like the one I used in this wind chime, my day brightens. When I don't find anything, well, at least I get a wonderful walk!

Visit my website to see all my driftwood, beach stones, and artist-made sea glass wind chimes and suncatchers: Coast Chimes.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Coast Chimes Summer Solstice Sale! Save 25% and Enjoy Free Shipping Too!

Natural Pacific beach stone wind chime, five copper chimes
Add something beautiful to your outdoors now, with 25 % off, and free shipping!

Visit Coast Chimes or Etsy Now

Here on the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada, the sun is shining, and yesterday, Father's Day, I had my first swim of the year in the ocean. It seems everyone is outside, enjoying the season. So what a great time to add something beautiful to your outdoor life? Or send along an amazing gift to someone special. It's easy, with free shipping, and a one week 25% off sale at Coast Chimes.

Happy Summer!

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Alcohol Ink

Original art wind chime Coast Chimes
This Wind Chime Can Be Found Here at Coast Chimes

Alcohol ink original art wind chime at Coast Chimes
This Wind Chime Can Be Found Here at Coast Chimes

One of a kind original art colorful wind chime Coast Chimes
This Wind Chime Can be Found Here at Coast Chimes

I love new materials, and alcohol ink is proving to be most interesting and beautiful. Years ago, I did quite a few reverse painted glass wind chimes, with acrylic paint. Alcohol ink is similar, but more challenging as it needs to be UV protected. So working with this ink is art and science.

For my sea glass, people frequently ask if I do not have any red, or purple. Alcohol ink more than satisfactorily solves this desire, as the colors are so brilliant. 

So for the red lovers, for the purple lovers, and the gold and silver lovers, here's to you!

See all my recent alcohol works, both suncatchers and wind chimes, here at Coast Chimes.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Warming Up with Beach Stones and Driftwood In My Winter Workshop

Driftwood and beach stones natural Pacific wind chime
Beachcomber's Wind Chime
Driftwood & Beach Stones
@ Coast Chime for $85, Free Shipping

Winter has finally arrived here on the Sunshine Coast, with below average temperatures, snow and ice that isn't going anywhere soon. A perfect time to stay indoors and work on some new wind chimes. I am pleased to have a fairly good supply of dry driftwood and smooth, rounded beach stones, to make some of these awesome beachcomber wind chimes.

Visit my driftwood website section, or my beach stone website section for natural beauty.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Customer Satisfaction: Coast Chimes

Beaver gnawed driftwood and copper wind chime at its new home
Beaver Gnawed Driftwood and Copper
Wind Chime
At Its Gorgeous New Home

I love, love, love when my customers send me pictures of my work installed in their homes and gardens. Even better, sometimes I get to hear some of their story, and what attracted them to my work.

Last year I found a small piece of driftwood that had been chewed on both ends by a beaver-- so cool! I'd never seen anything like that. It was perfect for my small set of handmade antique brass chimes. That set sold quickly.

A little bit later, I found the big piece of double chewed driftwood pictured above, perfect for my large copper chimes. It's like some beaver was working for me!

This large set really grabbed the eye of someone with a most beautiful house; a house that they have put a ton of hard work into (as you can see a little bit of from the picture). They clearly have exceptional taste, and they knew my natural beaver driftwood and copper wind chime would fit perfectly. How right they were!

It feels really good to make someone very happy-- that is a HUGE part of my job satisfaction. I do get quite a few very enthusiastic emails after people receive their orders, and each time my day is notably brightened. So it works both ways: my work make someone feel great, and that makes me feel great. Win win.

Be sure to visit my website to see all the different wind chimes and suncatchers: Coast Chimes

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Snowy Beautiful BC Holiday, Back at Work Now

Backcountry beautiful snowy British Columbia
Backcountry, Beautiful Snowy British Columbia
Near Apex Mountain

British Columbia truly is beautiful, and a short holiday in the snow made this crystal clear once again. We spent 5 nights at Apex Mountain, with some of the group X-country skiing, others downhill skiing, others snowshoeing, and still others simply hiking without any special equipment. Everyone enjoyed everyday.

I personally was thrilled to discover numerous trails that had been packed by snowshoers where I could walk quite easily without sinking too deeply, and without marring the trail for future skiers and snowshoers. One day we went on a nearly 4 hour hike, and we never saw another soul.

It was really cold (minus 17 C, or 1 F), and sometimes snowing, but hiking was an easy way to warm up, and infact get warm enough to remove gloves, unzip jackets. Absolutely awesome!

Now back home, and the work begins. I need to put my whole workshop back together (it has been stored away since the big art crawl back in mid-October). My stock of wind chimes and suncatchers is seriously depleted after the art crawl, and the Christmas rush. Oh, I will  have busy days ahead! But I am looking forward to making new, beautiful works.

There is still a good selection on my website, if you feel like adding something beautiful to your life, or a friends life: Coast Chimes. Happy 2018!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Thank You, Fans of Handmade!

Shipping Wind Chimes and Suncatchers, Christmas 2017
A Few of the Boxes Shipped for
Christmas, 2017, Coast Chimes

A huge THANK YOU to all the fans of handmade, the fans of wind chimes, the fans of quality. The Christmas shopping season is traditionally the most important, or nearly the most important, period of the year for gaining the income I need to continue the work I do, and this year was the best ever! There will be a lot of smiles as people open their gifts this year, and find a beautiful one-of-a-kind wind chime or suncatcher!

I'll be taking a short break, catching my breath from all the packing and all the hiking boxes down to the post office. And then, early in 2018, I will be setting my workshop back up (it has been stored in a back room ever since out mid-October Sunshine Coast Art Crawl), and returning to serious work to replenish my stock.

I wish you all a splendid holiday season, and a most happy new years!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Perfect Christmas Gifts

Handcrafted glass and copper wind chime by Coast Chimes
Still Time For Christmas Delivery
But Order Soon!

Find the Perfect Gift at Coast Chimes

The shops are going to get crazier and crazier. Why not relax at home and browse Coast Chimes for the perfect gifts for the special people in your life? Handcrafted, high-quality, original one-of-a-kind wind chimes and suncatchers, art for the home and garden, and everything now has FREE shipping!

Today is the 11 of December, and that means there is still time to have your order delivered in time for the 25th. But not a lot of time! The postal deliveries have so far been excellent: very fast! But I would defiantly not wait too much longer before ordering.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Perfect Christmas Gifts

Beautiful and exceptionally well made, all the creations at Coast Chimes are guaranteed to please. Starting at $58, everything ships fast, and for free (USA and Canada).

Keep it simple this year, and shop from home. A few clicks, and your shopping is done. Your gifts will bring joy. Enjoy your holidays!

Visit Coast Chimes

Or find Coast Chimes on Etsy

Friday, December 01, 2017

The Perfect Christmas Gift: Coast Chimes

Winter Street Scene
Maybe Shop from Home?
Coast Chimes: Awesome Gifts
From $58 with Free Shipping

Give the unexpected. Give the delightful. Give the long lasting. Give Coast Chimes!

From small suncatchers to large wind chimes, Coast Chimes has something for everyone. The surprise is assured, and there will be long lasting joy, because everything at Coast Chimes is built to last.

Beauty. Durability. Awesome gifts. Visit Coast Chimes now.

Large outdoor glass and copper wind chime: Coast Chimes
Large Outdoor Glass and Copper Wind Chime
Find it at Coast Chimes

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Original, High-Quality Gifts, Wind Chimes and Suncatchers

Sold, beach stone and driftwood large outdoor wind chime: Coast Chimes

Stock is Depleting
But Still Lots of Awesome Wind Chimes
and Suncatchers

No New Stock Until 2018

Visit Coast Chimes Now for the Best Selection

Every spring and summer, I work really hard to prepare as much stock as possible for the annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. Just before the Art Crawl, I put away all my tools to more than double my gallery space. After the Art Crawl, I now no longer immediately put my workshop back together, instead concentrating on internet sales, packing, shipping, and also keeping the gallery space for locals who drop by for holiday shopping.

This is great, except that my stock goes from relatively huge to dwindling pretty fast. I try to let all my customers know that they really need to order early to get a great selection. Also, it's a great idea to order early because although I pack and ship fast, closer to Christmas I can get backed up with the packing, and the border services / post office can also get overwhelmed somewhat.

So the message is clear: order sooner rather than later. Visit Coast Chimes now, or view my work on Etsy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Coast Chimes: New, Free Shipping

Artist-made sea glass with handcrafted brass chimes: Coast Chimes
Artist-made Sea Glass with Handcrafted Brass Chimes
Coast Chimes: Now with Free Shipping

For a long time I have paid most of the shipping on my orders to the USA and Canada, but not all the cost. I thought that people would not object to pitching in a bit, as postage is so high. But the trend on the internet has been more and more towards 'free' shipping. Recently Etsy has been rather aggressively urging their sellers to offer free shipping, or discounts, which I think is a little too bad, but I guess they know what they are doing.

So to continue selling on Etsy, I realized I had to probably offer free shipping. That means that the same goes for my website. So now all orders to the USA and Canada ship no additional charge. 

See all the great works on Coast Chimes, and enjoy the free shipping.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Handcrafted High Quality Large Outdoor Wind Chimes

Kaleidoscope wind chime, glass, copper, cedar, by Coast Chimes
Kaleidoscope Wind Chime
$175 by Coast Chimes

The popular kaleidoscope wind chime by Coast Chimes is popular for a reason: it's awesome! Built extremely well, too, with artist-made sea glass, tung nut oiled red cedar, and copper. Suitable for year round outdoor use.

Fine it, and many other amazing wind chimes and suncatchers, at Coast Chimes.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

7th Wedding Anniversary Gift

Perfect gift for your 7th wedding anniversary: Coast Chimes copper wind chime
7th Wedding Anniversary is Copper
Coast Chimes Copper Wind Chime
Perfect Gift
$135 at Coast Chimes

Coast Chimes has wind chimes and suncatchers that make the perfect gift anytime, for anyone. But for a 7th wedding anniversary, the all copper chimes are really awesome! The wedding date can even be engraved onto the copper windsail.

Hang a set out on your porch or deck, and you will remember your sweet love each time the breeze gently sways the beach stone clapper, and you hear the sweet chime.

Visit Coast Chimes to see all the great wind chimes and suncatchers. They are naturally beautiful.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Beach Combing Wind Chime

Driftwood and beach stone large outdoor copper wind chime
Beach Comber's Natural
Pacific Driftwood and Beach Stone Wind Chime
$195 at Coast Chimes

Can you believe that part of my job description is beach combing? How cool is that! I am fortunate to live in a place where there are great natural stones and driftwood, and that I just have to do a long hike to find them.

A big difference between the stones and driftwood and my usual artist-made beach glass is that the glass looks its best in sunlight; the stones and driftwood when it is raining, and they get dark and glossy. But whether glass or stone or driftwood, all my designs look great anywhere, anytime.

Visit my website to see all by designs: Coast Chimes.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Freestanding Naturally Awesome Wind Chimes by Coast Chimes

Freestanding double wind chime handcrafted by Coast Chimes
Freestanding Double Wind Chime
Handcrafted by
Coast Chimes
I love freestanding wind chimes. They look great on a deck, or a porch, but best of all, in my opinion, is in your garden with a bit of mulch piled up around the natural beach stone base.

These are gorgeous, and the chimes are not annoying (ie, not horribly loud). The chimes are handmade from brass, treated with a reactive to be nice and dark instead of gaudy yellow, and suspended from handcrafted copper hangers with 49 strand nylon coated stainless steel, with sterling silver crimps (no rusting).

These freestanding wind chimes are completely happy outdoors all year round: snow, rain, wind, sun, nothing is going to bother this chime.

See all my wind chimes by visiting my website: Coast Chimes. Enjoy $10 shipping to anywhere in the USA or Canada.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall Hikes, Fall Chores

Hiking trail, Fall 2017, Mount Elphinstone, Roberts Creek, BC
One of my favourite trails
Mount Elphinstone, Roberts Creek, BC
After many months of preparation, the 2017 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl took place last weekend, and it was the best one yet! The only real glitch is that after investing in several thousand awesome fairy lights, for the first day the power was out the entire time! It was kind of fun, getting everyone to take out their cell phones and to use their flashlights. Still, I am sure that cut down on the sales for Friday a bit. Especially Friday and Sunday, but Saturday too, were all far busier than past years (which were already super busy!). Excellent!

It is now time to unwind. Today I went on a solo hike through one of my most loved trails, above Roberts Creek on Mount Elphinstone. It was delightful taking time to stroll, breath, let nature wash over me. Really nice!

I have also already started and made good progress revamping my website. First I had to clear out over a hundred sold items-- nothing like browsing on a website where it appears everything is sold! Now it is a much nicer experience. I changed pictures on the homepage. Polished some of the language. If you have time check it out: Coast Chimes.

Tiny Mushrooms, Mount Elphinstone Fall Hike
Tiny Mushrooms, Mount Elphinstone Fall Hike

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!