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A Long Line of Joiners

Wood chips truly are in the Nielsen ‘genes’.  Here is Ove Tellerup Nielsen’s (Jan and Lars’ father) Technical School Certificate (#1-2) and Proof of Completion of his Journeymen Carpentry Course (#3).

Tyler Strank – Employee of West Wind Hardwood

Tyler is following in the footsteps of Danny (our Milling Manager) and Joel (our Flooring Manager) by attending BCIT’s Joinery Program.  Tyler just completed his 3rd year.  Welcome Back!  While away, he hit the snowiest and coldest month of this winter.  His year-end project included laminated curves.  Great work!

Near & Far: In Memoriam

Near & Far: In Memoriam

This venue has always been an opportunity to celebrate the Nielsen Family’s passion with wood; whether from their Danish roots so many years ago, or in following their journey across Canada when the family arrived in 1960.

It is with great sadness the Nielsen Family must announce the passing of Ove Tellerup Nielsen; father to sons Jan and Lars (and daughter, Lene).  Ove and son, Jan established West Wind Woodwork in 1980 when the business officially moved to commercial premises in Sidney.  Ove retired from West Wind Hardwood in 1993 handing over his reins to Lars.

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In Loving Memory, Ove Nielsen

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1934 – 2019

It is with great sadness that Ove Tellerup (husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather) passed on Wednesday, February 13.  He passed peacefully at home as he wished surrounded by love.

He was a man of passion and talent.  Family and friends were first and foremost; followed closely by his love of woodworking and the sea.  He was a true artist whatever the medium:  wood (joinery), water (boats), music (accordion), words (stories).  His talent for model shipbuilding brought Ove hours of personal happiness and much public recognition.

He showed us how to grab life and shake everything out of it.  He was larger than life; loved dearly and missed greatly. We hope this next journey includes pickled herring and aquavit.

Near and Far: Arriving in Montreal in 1960

The Nielsen Family immigrated to Canada in 1960.  They were heavily guided towards settling in Montreal, Quebec.  They were told that British Columbia wasn’t a good choice for a family as it was full of lumberjacks and wild forests. Ove, Else, Jan (son) and Lene (daughter) arrived by the Polish Liner, MS Batory.  Lars (son) was born Valentine’s Day 1966 in Montreal.

They settled into creating a family life and established their home and business in Dorval (outside Montreal) Quebec.  Eventually, they moved to British Columbia in the late 60’s as the separatist movement hit the province.

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Near and Far: The Little Boat That Won’t

Near and Far: The Little Boat That Won’t

It won’t cost you a lot of money and it won’t keep you in port when the weathers rough.

I don’t doubt for a minute that the Coaster 23 represents the shape of things come for many boaters. A semi-displacement design with small diesel and excellent small boat cruising range, the Coaster is a John Lovett and Dick Chudley creation.  All in all, it’s a boat with the sort of sea-keeping qualities that made this workboat design a success in the first place.

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