Then and Now: Mary Anne

mary-anne tow boat

In November 2015, Stephen Seaton of Ocala Florida reached out to West Wind Hardwood.  As a note, his reference to Bill is of William (Bill) Garden, the renowned naval architect.  He was a dear friend and mentor to Jan; died April 29, 2011 at age 92.  A man who cherished privacy and did not suffer fools; he is genuinely missed.

(left)West Wind’s Corporate Camp Trip – “Mary Anne” – Montague Harbour, Galiano Island Photos by Jan Nielsen – June 2011

Here’s what Stephen had to say:

“I ran across this photo on one of your web-sites and hope you can help me.  I worked for Bill the summers of 1964-65-66 and had a boat that looked just like “Mary Anne”, color of hull, canvas forward, length and general look all the same BUT I remember her engine was a single piston, even the Vivian Engine sound familiar. That sound of the engine is still with me as music to my ears.

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March Customer Projects – Vol. 51

We’re still reeling from excitement for the all the gold medals won by Canada’s Olympic Team, including those in Men’s and Women’s curling. Congratulations to everyone!

These curling rocks were made by our customer Francis Gaetz (250-723-6171) out of our eastern maple. Thanks for sending this in. Great work!

Floor Curling Rocks


This is a reproduction of a Gustav Stickley mission bench in quarter-sawn flaked White Oak by Tom Paille, Deep Bay, B.C

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Big Trees – Big Dreams

Ballet on Water – Pas de Poisson – Photos by Jan and Shelley Nielsen
Ballet on Water – Pas de Poisson – Photos by Jan and Shelley Nielsen

Jan and I have traveled north – beyond on the rapids – to The Broughton Archipelago on three occasions since 2004.  We have always been the smallest, oldest and most wooden boat up there.  It is a go-to destination for yachts, mega-yachts and super-mega yachts without a doubt.

Being ‘bookie’ people, we have quite a library aboard.  We collect books on natural and cultural history, on local stories – from then and now and of course, the various boating bibles on the go-to destinations.  If you read my articles, you’ll know we love to mix travel and timber-talk as much as possible…..and what better occasions to see the industry in action.  These books spin a tale of hard work and the pioneering spirit, industry growth and decline…..and reinvention.  Up in the Broughton’s, you can ‘live’ history.

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