A Treat for Modo Members & Friends of Wood Shop

Wood Shop & Modo have partnered up to share a little treat with you, just because we can.


DIY Now in Session

With the leaves turning from lush green to yellows, reds and browns it is time to do a little more indoors then out and get to some of those projects you have been thinking about. Like that DIY table or trunk you have been wanting to make.

Welcome to The Wood Shops DIY Shop Class Sessions.

Registration is Now Open for the Fall Sessions which focus on the creation of a DIY Table or Trunk.

And here is a little gift from us. When you Register and Refer a Friend who registers, you will both be entered into a draw to win one complimentary Shop Class Session of your choice. Up to a $200 value and you have a one in 48 chance of winning!  



Wood Shop wants you to have the perfect night sleep in your dream bed. We work with you to design, build and install your dream bed. Contact Us us to book a consultation.

Groundswell Summer Market & Party

The Wood Shop will be joining in the fun at the Groundswell Summer Market ( & Party! ) on August 25th from 5pm – 10 pm 

Come to the Groundswell Summer Market (& Party!) and shop healthy, sustainable food, fair trade coffee, kombucha, heartwarming porridge, cold-pressed juices, homemade lemonade, unique crafts, upcycled products, get involved in social venture opportunities, volunteer for worthy causes, party and dance to awesome music, and just bask in the presence of this growing community!

Groundswell is beyond grateful and excited to present a summer wrap-up activity to showcase their social ventures, projects, initiatives, and what they been busy with these past months!

WHAT:   Groundswell Summer Market (& Party!)

WHEN:   Thursday, 25th August 2016  Add to Calendar

TIME:      5:00pm-10:00pm (or until the fun stops)

WHERE:  Groundswell Cafe & Learning Space 566 Powell Street, Vancouver BC View Map

Shop emerging, ethical products for yourself & your loved ones! Celebrate with the community – come be inspired, and bring on some happy vibes!

Some of our featured ventures:

*Wood Shop Coop (furniture and handcrafted items from sustainable, upcycled and repurposed wood)

*Rebel Soup (soup from ‘rescued’ vegetables)

*Chirp (natural, nutrient-dense, protein rich baby food)

*Groundswell Youth Microbusiness (serving healthy porridge, cold-pressed juices)

*Counter Cultures (refreshing kombucha – good for you!)

*Fresh Roots (organic vegetables from urban farms by young students)

*Groundswell Small Batch Roasters (organic, sustainable roasts to fund Groundswell students)

*Coffee AID (fair trade, direct-sourced coffee from the Philippine islands)

*Matter Forms (upcycled, unique creations)

*Paid for Purpose (get access to tools and resources to build careers with a positive impact)

*Rebloom Studio (mixed media art and upcycling by Sandra Diaz)

*ImpactFull Consulting (measuring & improving social impacts — helping organizations “do good” even better)

*Circle of Eagles (expanding the reach of community reintegration programming through a mobile community platform)

…and many more!

~Follow the event on social media! 

Facebook fb.com/groundswellroots |  Twitter & Instagram @groundswellyvr


Guest Bloggers Wanted

Guest Bloggers Wanted

Here at the Wood Shop we love to learn and have new experiences. When we are not busy building the next dream bed for a client, breaking down pallets or trying to build a successful cooperatively owned and managed business we have our noses in books, hands on guitars and feet on the ground moving towards the next mission.

This is all well and good, but just ask us and we will tell you that what really inspires us is hearing from others about what is happening in the world of Upcycling, DIY, the Co-Operative movement and Social Impact Ventures.

That is why we would like to hear from you and invite you to share your stories, projects, and journey’s with us on our Blog and Social Media Feeds.

Content that will be considered should be related to: 

Social Venture/Social Impact Businesses                                                                                                   *Start Ups and Established ventures welcome. For profit and not for profit ventures are also welcome.

The Co-Operative Movement

DIY Projects that use upcycled materials; in particular wood, or are related home and garden projects

Recycling/Upcycling  Initiatives, Projects and Businesses

Special Events & Happenings related to any of the above.

Community/Environmental Improvement & Development Projects * think gardens, environmental stewardship, animal welfare, gathering spaces, art projects etc.

Do you think that your content doesn’t fit in anywhere to the above mentioned? Send us an email with your content ideas, we would love to hear from you!

Contact Jessica Valentine via email at sales@woodshop.coop for full details.

*Please note that this is an opportunity for you to create content and share your story.  The Wood Shop is happy to provide light support in the development of your Blog post, but we do not have the capacity to create content on your behalf.


Over the past few events this summer we asked those of you who expressed an interest in the Wood Shop’s products and workshops to enter a little draw to win a few treats made by your’s truly.  Have you been wondering if it was you? Wait no more, as we have a winner. Congrats to Emilie K!  You have won a pallet gift crate, a cedar desk top planter box, a walnut charcuterie platter and a pine growler carrier! Buy Social_Gift Ad


Who doesn’t want a table that honors good food and great company. The Fir Lam table is an engaging piece that is made from Fir and is complimented by matching bench seating. To view all of our wood dining tables visit our Fair Wood Home Collection @ http://www.wood-shop-upcycled-fair-wood.myshopify.com



Our wood crates are made in Vancouver, B.C. from pine and fir, upcycled and re-purposed from shipping pallets.  These multi-purpose pieces are great for merchandise displays, home shelving, coffee tables, bed side tables or extra seats around the kitchen table. Check out our wooden crates on line @ www.wood-shop-upcycled-fair-wood.myshopify.com




Our Charcuterie boards are made from beautiful dark walnut and are just the right the fit for any food lover.

Welcome to the Briarpatch

Building outdoor spaces in collaboration with the community of the DTES brings us great joy and connects us not only to our neighbours but to the spaces that we use to cultivate and create community.

Welcome to the Briarpatch, a community garden space in the DTES @ Cordova and Princess.  The organizers of the Briarpatch worked with the City of Vancouver to fund a project that would help to build the functionality of the space with the addition of two new benches, each with the dual function of having a planter box and storage space built in.

The coordinators of the Briarpatch reached out to us with this message, and it was clear to us that our values aligned and the partnership would be a good match.

“We are interested in connecting with the Woodshop because we know you are located in the Downtown Eastside and understand the neighborhood that we are working to build community in. As well, we really admire the fact that you build with recycled materials. That is something we have been striving to do in the garden. Part of our current garden beds are built with recycled wood, as well we have a cob oven and bench made out of recycled clay and hotel shampoo bottles. This garden is built on an abandon lot, and I think that it speaks to using spaces and supplies that would have otherwise been wasted. I want to continue this trend as we expand our infrastructure.”

Over the past several months Chris and worked with the Briarpatch to design and develop plans not only for the installation pieces themselves but to host a day in the garden to do the install along side the Briarpatch community.

Here is a photojournal to showcase the success of the project, the connections made with the community and the beautiful outdoor wood furniture created in collaboration with the Briarpatch.

We thank the Briarpatch for including us in this project!