Spotlight: West Wind Hardwoods Inc.

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 13th, 2011

West Wind Hardwood Inc. is located in Sidney, BC (Vancouver Island) and was established in 1978 as a father (Ove Nielsen) and son (Jan Nielsen) partnership under the name West Wind Woodwork. During this time, Jan completed his apprenticeship under the guidance of his father. This was the culmination of generations of old-world woodworkers and craftsmen.

Through the decades, as the economic climate waxed and waned, West Wind grew to meet the needs of their customers. From custom renovations and furniture to marine products and boats, West Wind Woodwork evolved into West Wind Hardwood Inc., sourcing and stocking fine domestic and exotic wood species.  At this point, Ove’s youngest son, Lars, joined the company.

Just as the human condition does not reach a plateau and remain stagnant, nor has West Wind Hardwood. They advanced into the flooring market with both custom and brand name flooring. They also expanded their on-site machinery to enhance their ability to meet the clients flooring needs with complementary architectural millwork and the ability to offer European wood finishes.

West Wind Hardwood now offers fine hardwoods, quality softwoods, exotics, specialty plywood, veneers, and specializes in boat lumber and Coastal Softwoods, marine plywood, and ipe decking.  They also offer custom wide-plank, brand name, solid and engineered, finished, and unfinished wood floors.  They produce custom architectural millwork and offer FSC certified products.

They continue to pride themselves in providing quality lumber, flooring, and wood-related products with friendly, efficient service to their wide range of national and international customers.  They ship their products all over the world with their main focus on Canada and the US.

When asked what sets West Wind Hardwood apart from the rest, they replied with:

“With an accumulation of 125+ years of hands-on knowledge of wood, we understand wood completely.  In today’s highly competitive world markets, we are but a slender shaving on the floor, but we have a personal interest in wood – with a passion for woodworking in all forms. It’s in the genes. Nothing is more pleasing than to see a creation develop, whether it has aesthetic or practical value. By providing quality lumber and individualized customer service, we hope to share in this sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Thus as West Wind Hardwood Inc. evolves and continues, there is a sense of history and a desire to influence the future.”

West Wind Hardwood has a strong sense of community and are supporters of many different associations and projects that promote education and growth in the community.  They also had many unique projects over the years including shipping over 2000 pieces of Western Red Cedar veneer to Dubai to use on the home of the designer, Versace.  In the near future, they are planning on opening up a gallery in North Vancouver to showcase their wood flooring.  Stay tuned for more updates on the new gallery!

For more information on West Wind Hardwood Inc, please visit:,, and

Be sure to check out their Twitter page (@westwindhw) and their Facebook page (West Wind Hardwood Inc fan page).  Also, you can sign up for their bi-monthly newsletter at

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