Voyageur DE Razor Limited Edition- Repurposed Rosewood / Chrome Finish
This special limited edition razor will appeal to someone who has a passion for Canadian history, someone with Winnipeg ties, or perhaps a former employee from The Bay downtown. A great gift idea!
The Bay building in downtown Winnipeg was built as the flagship store for the Hudson’s Bay Company in western Canada. This building at the corner of Memorial Boulevard and Portage Avenue in downtown was built between 1925 and 1926. It opened in November of 1926.
The building materials used were mostly sourced from Manitoba. The steel girders were made in Selkirk, the stone was quarried in Tyndall, the plaster made at Gypsumville and the two-million linear feet of timber came from Manitoba forests.
Even manufactured products were largely from local companies. The furnaces were built in Selkirk and, according to historical records the paints and varnishes were from factories in St. Boniface.
Fourteen months after the sod turning, the approximately fifteen acres of floor space and six floors was ready for shoppers. The HBC claimed that it was a Canadian construction record for a building of that size. It was also done with no serious injuries or deaths to the hundreds of builders who had a part in its construction.
To the best of our knowledge, this Brazilian Rosewood was used in the trim of the ladies Fashion Floor at the Hudson Bay store in Winnipeg, one of their landmark stores. The trim was removed sometime in 1986, and this wood was recovered from that trim. It is a very rare wood, and Hudson Bay stores are part of the Canadian landscape, and to have the two tied together is interesting.
This is what one of the world’s collectors of this wood has to say:
“The Holy Grail of instrument woods, Brazilian Rosewood is the coveted hardwood by which all other tone woods in the World are judged. It is known for its sweet, fragrant aroma and incredible acoustical qualities. The rich, even color of Brazilian Rosewood can range from dark brown, brick red, orange, and even black. Rare on the World Market."
Each razor comes with a small piece of the Rosewood - untreated so yo can see what it looked like before it was turned into a razor.
Woodturning is a labour of love for Herman de Vries. Herman has been turning beautiful pieces since 1995, when he got his first lathe. prior to that, Herman had worked on various furniture products, but felt that he needed another method to explore his artistic side.
"It came full circle when I went to the lonely spot where my parents homesteaded and where I was born. I saw the old maple trees that my father and mother had planted in the early 1920s, and saw that some of them were dying. Taking the wood from that dying tree and turning it into a piece of turned art became a way of preserving something that represented to my father and mother, in their youth, the future. I am their future, and the tree was their future."
When Herman takes a piece of wood to the lathe, the wood "speaks" to him, and ultimately the wood takes on it's own form and finish. What motivates him the most is to see a piece of wood and recognize within it a possibility, a potential, for a piece of art.