History of the family business Louwen woodworking
Klaas Louwen learned how to make carpentry at the workplace during his 18 years stay in a sanatorium. He mainly made wooden toys. Back in his home town of Nauerna, he founded the carpentry company with his father in 1928, continued to make toys and expanded the range with potato crates and ironing boards.
His son Jan Louwen learned the woodworking trade from his father, supplemented by training at the craft school and courses. He obtained his middle class diploma. In addition to toys, Jan also made children’s furniture, especially chairs, and became a supplier to PontMeyer. In addition, beach chairs, beach beds and windshields were a success. Along the Zeeland coast in particular there are many beach chairs with the Louwen brand. From the 70s of the last century the beach chairs and garden benches were sold by the ancillary family company “the Ossestal”. This store grew into one of the most famous wooden toy stores in the Netherlands, run by Jan’s wife, Margreet Louwen and later by daughter Saskia Louwen. Many generations found the Ossestal in the rural town of Nauerna. There was also a branch in Zaandam and later in the ribbon village of Assendelft.
Jan’s son, Ernst Louwen, went to the MTS after the Mavo and rolled into the company automatically. He was already there at a young age and helped from Saturday when he was a teenager.
Over the years, Ernst has developed many new products, not only out of necessity to anticipate the changing market, but also from the passion for the profession: designing and implementing quality products in wood. Thanks to the computer-controlled CNC milling machine, Ernst can mill and drill semi-finished products and end products for other companies in addition to his own products. He supplies to various industries such as wood trade, packaging industry, advertising companies, contractors, furniture industry, furniture makers. His products find their way to, among other things, primary schools, day care centers, beach pavilions, wellness centers and city beaches.
In addition to the CNC milling machine, Ernst can perform many operations, including 4-sided planing, broadband sanding, trimming and head machining of solid wood, sawing and trimming plates and performing assembly work.
Ernst sells more and more products to individuals via his website. With the web store, he has adapted his company to this time and it becomes even easier for all customers to order quality products and have them delivered to their homes.