Some photos

Wanting to see how a gallery looks. Here are some photos:


Entlebucher Dog Breeder on WordPress

Karen and puppy

Karen and an Entlebucher Mountain Dog puppy. So cute.

I spent yesterday afternoon helping Karen Runge set up her new website on WordPress. She breeds Entlebucher puppies.

The Entlebucher is a breed of Swiss Mountain Dog, and of course the puppies are very cute, which adds an extra measure of fun to choosing photos. Karen’s an avid photographer and has a lot of puppy photos to choose from.

She also used to be a programmer, and though her programming skills are decades out of date, she’s got the mental skills that help her learn quickly. It’s a pleasure to see her start to “get it”, because once she does, she’s off like a teenage puppy.

Website for MLA Gary Ramey

Gary Ramey’s website is no longer online

As MLA for Lunenburg West, Gary Ramey represented the Town of Bridgewater and the western part of Lunenburg County in the Nova Scotia Legislature from 2009-2013.

He was often seen with fellow MLA Pam Birdsall, who represented the electoral district of Lunenburg, but contrary to public opinion they are not life partners! They just shared adjacent ridings and, incidentally, a webmaster.

Gary is a former professor and plays in a rock band. We’re totally cool here in Nova Scotia!

Wise Owl Joinery makes beautiful garden structures

Wise Owl Joinery website

Wise Owl Joinery website

Timberframe garden structures such as pavilions and pergolas are featured on Wise Owl Joinery’s website, which I updated recently with projects that Richard Cormier has completed in the last year or two.

Beautiful work by a talented craftsman.

Imagine one of these picnic shelters in your backyard. Mmm, sure would look nice in mine. gets new website

Just finished a small site for a client providing sales and service of mortise and slotter chains.

Their customers would typically be timber framers who use chain mortisers for cutting mortises in post and beam construction, or chain slotters for cutting slots for the insertion of metal plates in heavy beams, as engineering sometimes requires.

There are other specialty uses for chain mortisers and chain slotters.

The site has a custom header with pictures of chain mortisers in action and repose, and chains can be purchased via a shopping cart.

The client serves mostly the US and Canada, sources mortise chains in Europe and worldwide, and provides sharpening services and the making of some parts.

High quality video on portable bandsaw for wood on

The client sells a cool Italian woodworking bandsaw and had a dvd-quality video for it, which he wanted to use to replace the YouTube video we had embedded on his site.

Here’s how we did it: We converted the video to the best quality MOV file available using AVS Video Converter, a shareware utility, then imported it into Flash Pro to make the FLV, and set it up on the JW player at Bandsaw for Wood – Dario SV3 MEDIA. Quality is much improved, and people won’t be clicking out of his site. It seems to be streaming fast enough on my high-speed connection at least.

House painting services in the Mahone Bay, Bridgewater, Lunenburg area

Yvonne Delaney of Cocks & Delaney Construction and Design in Mahone Bay is now offering her color consultant and house painting services to the general public.  She’s been doing it for years for their general contracting business, so she knows what she’s doing.  She’ll transform the interior or exterior of your house into a thing of beauty.  All the best, Yvonne.

Squidoo Nova Scotia

Social “Web 2.0” sites like Squidoo are supposed to be places where you can create instant links and raise the profile for your website. So in October last, I set up a page at called Sea Nova Scotia, aiming to increase traffic to my Nova Scotia Photo Album site which has been generating a small amount of AdSense income and is generally a labour of love.  Checked back today (for the first time) and there has been zero traffic to my Squidoo page (actually it’s called a “lens”)!  Apparently it isn’t so easy.  Or nobody searches much for “Nova Scotia” on Squidoo – which may be.   I hadn’t created any links to the Squidoo lens – until now, that is.

Actually the Web 2.0 strategy involves much more: create a network of links from high-ranking Web 2.0 properties to each other and into your site from popular sites, then link to those from blogs etc.  It takes a lot of time – at least as much time as setting up pay-per-click (PPC) ads or even doing on-page search engine optimization (SEO).  And as soon as everyone starts doing it, the search engines will catch on and something else will be the new Big Thing.

Ah well, if you can, I’d suggest hiring a teenager to help out – give them something useful to do with their Facebook and Twitter acumen!