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Chapter 12 from BUILDERS OF THE PACIFIC COAST, by Lloyd Kahn, ©2008 Shelter Publications, Inc.
Chapter 12 from BUILDERS OF THE PACIFIC COAST, by Lloyd Kahn, ©2008 Shelter Publications, Inc.

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Charlotte’s Gazebo
  C D’     
a sandy, driftwood-covered beach on the Pacic 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 coee shop callede Totian, with good coee,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
(see p. )
.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.
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Bower at Botanical Gardens
Details of gazeboon previous page
is structure sits nextto a pond at the TonoBotanical Gardens.e lower walls aresequentially assembledwith no fasteners, like aChinese puzzle, with thelast piece being driven inwith a sledgehammer.
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Gazebo at Cable Cove Inn
       
beautiful narrow cove that opens onto theocean. What a great place to anchor your boat!ere’s a magical water-drip spot alongside thebuilding, a little fern-lined green grotto where theair is moist and full of negative ions.
Jan installed some of the shakes so that there wereopenings for “peek-through views,” but angled sothat water doesn’t enter.

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