City hall trees to be used for art projects

The trees cut from the city hall lawns will be turned into art and functional things.

The question city officials are asking now is, what wood you do?

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A deal has been made for some of the leftover wood to spin off to the city's Wood Turners' Guild, but what these talented artisans will create is still an open conversation, and there is ample wood available for multiple ideas.

"The city is issuing a call for proposals from artists, artisans, and craftspeople to present ideas for wood products that will go to support local charities," said community coordinator Doug Hofstede.

"Creative individuals may use part of the wood for their own purposes, but must set aside a portion for a piece of work to be donated to a charity or non-profit of their choice. The charity/non-profit must be able to use the piece as a fundraising opportunity. Proposals focusing on education and/or research will also be considered."

The wood will be provided free of charge to successful applicants.

The trees are green ash and American elm, which are approximately 60 to 70 years old.

The branches and trunks range from roughly 20 to 61 centimetres in diameter and vary in length.

The city warns potential woodworkers that there may be nails, screws, and other metal overgrown in the wood because the trees were decorated over the years, so use it with caution.

To get into consideration for some of this wood, submit a simple and concise proposal with the following information:

A description of the project the wood will be used for.

The name of the charity or non-profit that will be receiving the project as a donation.

A letter from the charity or non-profit indicating the organization is aware of the intended donation and the organization's willingness to accept it for fundraising purposes.

Two or three photos of previous works/projects.

The applicant's name, phone number, and email address.

All proposals must either be submitted in person at city hall (address to Doug Hofstede) or via email (

Call 250-561-7646 for more information.

The wood can be viewed on May 16 at 10 a.m. at the city yard on Gorse Street near the Exploration Place. All proposal applications must be submitted on or before May 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Late proposals may be considered if there is a supply of wood remaining.

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