Saturday, July 5, 2008

Molson Vancouver Indy
Vancover Molson Indy Car Visits CloverdaleSURREY NOW (19-JUL-2003)Written by: Tom Zytaruk Photo by: Brian HowellCelebrated Harrison woodworker Pierre J. Lachanceis showing some of his handiwork at his old hometownlibrary in Cloverdale from now into August.Library visitors can see Lachance's Indy car,which was commissioned by Molson Vancouver Indy and displayed at BC Place during the race in 1996.The car is made of oak and yellow cedar.The car itself took me three months to make," Lachance said. " It was made off photographs only, and it was requested by Market Molson at that time."Lachance also makes motorcycles, cars, ships and assorted toys out of wood.Pierre Lachance and hiswooden Indy car in frontof the Cloverdale Library.The car is on display atthe library branch during theIndy race in Vancouver.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

King of Wood Automotive Crafts

King of Wooden Automotive Crafts

He's the King of Wooden Automotive CraftsLANGLEY TIMES (date) Written by: Janis Foster Photo by: John GordonHENRY FORD had a vision of functional, basic, transportation for every family in America.
Pierre Lachance has an entirely different and aesthetic vision: he transforms the metal sculpted lines of vehicles into the warm radiance of wood.Lachance, 32, has parlayed his love of conveyances and construction vehicles into an art form that is winning raves–and plenty of sales orders–from automotive enthusiasts. His handcrafted wooden classics were proudly on display at Willowbrook Shopping Centre's "Just for '95" car show two weeks ago.Lachance started his wood carvings while still an adolescent. The Cloverdale resident explains, "I always had a passion for automotive things and I dreamt of owning a Porsche. I just started creating my own. I thought, if I want it, I'll build whatever I want. I'll fill my hearts desires."Twenty years later, the father of four continues to work from books and magazines, enhancing his designs into "instant specs" with computer graphics before crafting his vehicles with oak, alder and black walnut."I'm using a primitive format and integrating it into a very high tech format. I go with the past and the future and integrate them together for the now," he says.Whether it's a boxy jalopy, a sleek and aerodynamic sports car. a chrome laden Chevy with outsized fins, Lachance approaches each reproduction with equal enthusiasm."I build everything–everything you can think of. You name it, I've got it. No one does what I do at the scale and the speed and with so much variety. I go from a Harley Davidson to a tractor trailer to a Jaguar.""I spend two to three days on one item and start on another...It's unlimited. It doesn't stop. I like creating, creating, creating and creating with new concepts."Lachance also hand crafts wooden toys and this Christmas donated 160 of his pieces to the children at Langley Memorial and Sunnyhill Hospitals. He took the remaining packages and gave them away door to door to children in lower-income housing complexes.Sizes for Lachance's pieces range from miniature cars and trucks to expansive ships to full size motorcycles. Most of the pieces are custom built to order.His joy comes in experimenting with the sculptural appearance of a vehicle and the challenge of perfecting each piece. His lifelong ambition is to become "The King of Wooden Automotive Crafts" and he believes that goal is well on the way to being realized.
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