a sandy, driftwood-covered beach on the Pacic Ocean. On the nextpage are more photos of this structure.
If you look closely on the left side of this panorama of the beach, you can seethe shake roof of the gazebo.
side of Vancouver Island, I founda great little coee shop callede Totian, with good coee,music, and an internet hookup.Next to it was a little shake-covered bower. I’d never seenanything quite like it. e entirestructure, posts and beams andall, was made of silvery beachwood, with curved and irregularpieces put together ingeniously.I’d seen structures wherebuilders had fooled around withgnarly and strange-shaped wood,but never with this kind of harmony. It worked as a bower,but it was also a graceful sculp-ture. It looked like it had grownin the woods.e builder, it turned out, wasJan Janzen, and in three of mytrips I photographed his work.Jan was born in the QuesnelHighlands of Caribou County (inthe heart of British Columbia)and grew up in Vancouver. In theearly ’s, when he was , heleft the city for the Okanagan Valley where he went througha “ . . . wandering phase,” hiking,camping, and gathering edibleplants. For – years he roamedin the dry desert from SouthernBC to Washington, “ . . . commun-ing with nature.”He came back to Vancouver inthe ’s and worked as a carpen-ter: “ . . . -degree, drywall stu,”but on the side he started doingwood sculptures. In hemoved to the west coast of Vancouver Island. He built awoodshed for his landlady,where he started combiningsculpture with carpentry, andnext did an extensive remodel of a tiny A-frame (with greenhouseattached) for his wife érèse
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.Here on the west coast, he says,he was able to combine carpentryand sculpture, to “ . . . marry themtogether.” He could do sculpture,and have it be useful.