Paul Harder Bronze Works (and a Little Bit of Wood Too) - West Wind Hardwood

Paul Harder is a bronze sculptor with a charming countryside studio located in Deep Cove. Paul has a passion for creating west coast wildlife and marine creatures.

One of his specialties is the design and fabrication of custom-made coffee and dining room tables that incorporate bronze, glass and wood.  Working with Jan and West Wind Hardwood the most recent example of one of Paul`s creations is the Octopus Burl Table shown here.  This table started with an old burl collected by the client several years ago. Jan and his team restored and milled the burl and Paul created the supporting structure using three giant bronze octopus tentacles. The table has a glass inset with a smaller feature octopus suspended from the underside of the table. This is a one of kind piece and definitely a conversation starter that now lives on Piers Island.


Paul has shipped his tables throughout the USA and Europe.  His most popular table so far has been the Giant Octopus Coffee Table, four of which have been commissioned by… wait for it … Octopus Investments in London, UK.

Paul`s work can be seen on display at the Shell Aerocentre or in the ever expanding sculpture garden outside his studio on Downey Road, North Saanich (Vancouver Island). There is something for everyone including bears, wolves, owls, eagles, sharks, exotic fish, salmon, dogs, frogs and dragons to name a few.

We encourage you to visit Paul’s website:

Nimmo Bay Resort

Paul was commissioned by Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort to create a life-size grizzly bear.  The year it was installed, Jan and I happened to pay our first visit to this oasis in the wilds of the Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Forest.


Photo by Jan Nielsen – August 2008


Photos by Paul Harder in 2016 and Jan Nielsen in 2008 – withstanding the elements well.

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Our second visit in 2012 was with Bill and Rosie Long from Bend, Oregon.  Still a family-run business, this was the year of the changing of the guard from elder to younger. We happened on a quiet day when the owners and their seasoned team of marketers were strategizing their new communication campaign.  What fun to feel our comments and thoughts were valued that night.

Photos by Jan Nielsen – Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort – July 2012


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