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12 Updates of Christmas Pt 3:

The Ethereal Glow



Dear Friend,

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

If there’s something I have in common with Moths, I find glowing light to be just alluring! Of all glowing lights, the ethereal hum of neon lights has always had a special place in my heart. My late mom was a huge cinephile, and she always took me and my siblings to the movies, even where one day we would frame up University Heights! The movies were always fun, but I remember fondly always looking forward to seeing the preview posters for upcoming movies. 


I would stare with wide eyes at the beautiful back lit mylar posters, it created such a beautiful ambiance of a feeling in my young heart, and it’s a memory I truly treasure. Every time I saw one of those posters, it was more than just a preview, it was a sneak peak into the future, because I knew my mom would be taking us to see this movie soon! Even today, in my heart of hearts, when I see the glint of neon, I have a feeling that there are great things to look forward to!


Those warm fuzzy feelings only crystallized when I went to Korea, to marry Hye-young, the love of my life. I was dazzled by the canopy of beautiful neon glow and immersed in deep love with excited feelings about the future. I felt strongly again that giddy excitement of a kid. In an effort to immortalize that feeling, I even crafted this beautiful mylar backlit and cinema-esque light box, framing within it some treasured memories of family moments.


When we finally decided to get neon signage for our one-stop-shop, all the team can attest I was jumping with joy and had my eye on the tracking package every hour of every day. On the day it arrived, everyone had already left for home, but I couldn’t wait any longer. I single-handedly, and well into the late night, hyper focused on installing it myself. I was tired, I was exhausted, but it was so worth it.


Even now when leaving from work, I can’t help but smile seeing the smooth radiance of the neon sign shine through our inventory of lumber. I hope you’ll come and check it out for yourself soon too!


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 happy holidays!

Kind regards,

Matthew Lopez
General Contractor
Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd
+1 (250) 885-2902


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.