I spotted this big and beautiful piece of wood on the clayoquot shore line in April 2015. I pulled it off the rocks with rope and my power boat and towed to my shop. The full bulk of the wood pushed the maximum weight allowance of my hand winch and crane to get it up to the deck. It instantly lost half of its mass and size in the initial session of removing all that is not snail. The more refined hand work and drying time took much longer. Many months. I have hollowed the snail to get rid of some of the wood that was rotten and to lighten the piece.
These boxes are made to fit over medium sized tissue boxes. They are made from red cedar driftwood. The ends and hole in the middle have been oiled with Saicos Hardwax Oil to create a lovely contrast with the natural silver of the weathered wood. Originally made for the Spa at the Wickannish Inn in Tofino I now produce these on demand as long as I can find wood suitable. $120 each.