Vortex Water Fountain

Interesting looking fountain with a vortex going down the middle.
They are surprisingly easy to make for any DIY’er (just go on YouTube to find descriptive tutorials).
Looks even cooler with LED at night – especially with water flowing over the sides.

Peter Heiss


Son of an architect father, Peter sculpted artificial rock for nearly 30 years. He gained an early appreciation of aesthetics and the dynamics of form at an early age, and began working at the craft of artificial rock sculpting in his late teens, while concurrently embarking on diving and undersea explorations along the West Coast and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Peter’s career began as a one of a group of artists hired to sculpt the Vancouver Aquarium’s first major theme exhibit, the Amazon Gallery. Peter’s talents were soon recognized and he was retained by the Vancouver Aquarium to head the design and construction of the rockwork surrounding the Killer Whale Habitat. A major undertaking, the pool was one of the first in the world to reflect an actual natural habitat, as Peter’s design called for a backdrop of rockwork based on Gulf Island sandstone formations.

Once traveling as far north as Arctic Bay, Baffin Island for the design and creation of his Beluga Whale Pool at Vancouver Aquarium, Peter continues to regularly explore the West Coast and other locations to take molds of rock formations for his work.

Peter Heiss designed and built outdoor rockwork pools, hot tubs, and water features for dozens of homeowners, and also for high profile resorts including Kingfisher Lodge, The Pacific Inn and Pacific Shores.

Peter was well renowned for his commercial and public spaces work with The Vancouver International Airport, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, CFOX Kids Park, and many other public and commercial projects. Peter also led projects for clients in China, the Caribbean, and across Canada.

In addition to all his own projects, Peter was contracted extensively over the past twenty years as the lead designer and builder for other rockwork firms such as Arcon Rock and Waterscapes and Raincity Rock and Waterscapes.

A graduate of The Emily Carr School of Art, Peter was an accomplished painter as well as a sculptor, with a strong affinity for realism and a love of natural subjects. His work is marked by a personal commitment to excellence and meticulous attention to detail.

In his spare time, Peter carved Totems, re-builds outboard motors, casts jewelry, and cared for his own aquarium of exotic animals. To relax, Peter spent time in his two-storey 8-seater hot tub, complete with rock climbs, waterfalls, grottos, warm shallows and a bird’s nest lookout.

Peter was a remarkable man who cared for people and loved to spend time with his family.
The last time I had a chance to speak with Peter was while he was having a family gathering with his grandchildren playing in the background. I had promised to meet with him one more time before the kidney cancer had taken his life. A kind man, Peter will be missed.

Peter Heiss, Vancouver – Obituary

Tibetan Singing Bowl Vancouver: Nice Finds In Yaletown

Tibetan Singing Bowl: Best One I’ve Ever Seen

On a recent trip to Yaletown Vancouver, I stumbled across a store called Kaarigar Handicrafts store that offers authentic hand crafted goods. You can learn more about their back story by visiting their online store at kaarigarhandicrafts.com or by visiting them in Yaletown at

Address: 1012 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B, Canada
Phone:+1 604-767-6630
Upon visiting the store, I learned of many interesting things about the authentic crafts carried in their store and of their support effort to the local artisans. There are many interesting products in the store that have lots of deep meaning and sentiment behind them. You can tell by the details that these are not your run of the mill factory made products. Everything is unique in its own way – they are hand crafted by skilled artisans. There will come a day in the future when these types of things will be difficult to find as the trend towards mass production through automation continues. These pieces are rare and often under appreciated in todays culture.
tibetan singing bowl vancouver

Click the image to visit kaarigarhandicrafts.com or visit them in Yaletown


When you buy a high quality authentic tibetan singing sound bowl you can immediately notice the difference in resonance when compared with a cheaply made singing bowl. This is true for both the trained as well as the untrained ear. Something mass produced in a factory with cheap parts to act as a replica of something authentic will almost never be as good as an original piece. The resonance and structural integrity are of a very high quality when compared to something made off of a mold on a factory line using cheaper parts and with a less complicated process. Externally it may look the same but steps were missed.

There is a lot of history behind tibetan singing sound bowls with some of the more common usages being for meditation and sound healing. These things are very beneficial especially for people living in Vancouver where people are often stressed out.

If you are interested in finding the perfect authentic Indian gift for your significant other or best friend visit Kaarigar Handicrafts in Yaletown Vancouver BC Canada on Mainland St one day and spend some time learning about the culture and history behind each piece of hand crafted art.

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