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12 Updates of Christmas Pt 1

Matthew’s Bag of Goodies!

 

Dear Friend,

Hi from Lopez Contracting! I hope you’re enjoying the cheer of the holiday season!

 

If you’re looking for a quick, affordable, last-minute present for the holidays, you’re welcome to swing by our shop and pick up your favourite one! Charcuterie boards are in a sense alive, and we really do think their owner chooses them as much as they choose their owner.

 

In case you’re outside Victoria, or if you would like to check out some more of our inventory, check out our online store for some great gift ideas which I’m sure would be appreciated by your loved ones! We have jewelry boxes, butcher blocks, coaters, design tiles, interior decorations, and live edge furniture of various sizes!

 

   

 

 

Things have been changing a lot in the shop, and I think for the better! Coming out of a busy summer and fall, we’ve been privileged to find the time to develop some long-standing creative dreams. We’d love to share some of these beautiful ventures and inventions with you, but I think each deserves its own post. Keep an eye out for next ‘12 updates of Christmas!’

 

 

Thank you so much for your time, Friend. We deeply appreciate your support of our friendly neighbourhood one-stop workshop! We're always glad to be of service, and on behalf of our team we wish you a very happy summer!

Kind regards,


Matthew Lopez
General Contractor
Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd
matthew@lopezcontracting.com
+1 (250) 885-2902

www.LopezContracting.com

 

About Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd:

Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd is a local and emerging artisanal contracting company that specializes in highly custom projects, ranging from renovations to bespoke commissions such as live-edge furniture. Our one-stop shop strongly values our community, and we strive to operate within a 100% local network of partnered suppliers, sub-trades, artisans, and specialists. Our wood supply network, for example, sources largely from local ethical arborists.

We host a beautiful and diverse display of Vancouver Island’s finest lumber specimen, ready to be kilned, milled, sanded, edged, finished, or otherwise prepared right here in our shop for any discerning patron or project. Our one-stop shop offers singularly rare and unique services right here in the heart of Victoria, including one of downtown’s only kiln, lathe, and CNC services.

 
 

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Our Triple Crown Philosophy


Some years ago, I innately understood that a building structure should have three important attributes. First, it should be structurally sound. Second, it should be aesthetically pleasing. Third, it should be attainable or affordable. Ever since, I have strived to make everything I do worthy of this triple crown of excellence.

During a ferry ride to Vancouver, I saw my young son had drawn Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man in my notebook. To my surprise, my son’s sketch led me to discover the historic importance of this idea. This world-famous sketch of a man in a circle, his arms outstretched in two different overlapping poses, has become iconic. A Wikipedia search showed me how Da Vinci was inspired by proportions described by Vitruvius in his ancient treatise of De Architectura.

Vitruvius was arguably the greatest architect in history. His work is the only major surviving publication on architecture from classical antiquity. It was written for Emperor Augustus, made famous in the Bible for his census which brought Jesus’ parents to Bethlehem. Eminent Roman architects such as Vitruvius were skilled in engineering, art, and craftsmanship. As an army engineer himself, Vitruvius had overseen all manner of building and construction for wars and settlements across Europe and North Africa.

The most famous maxim of Vitruvius was that architecture should embody three qualities: utilitias, firmitas, and venustas. In English, this means that great handiwork should be useful, sturdy, and with beautiful proportions. (Just imagine what Venus, the goddess of love, might look like.)

I was delighted and not disappointed to find out that my idea was old and not new. It gives me more motivation than ever to offer you the product of a triple crown craftsman: sturdy, useful, and beautiful work at a reasonable price.