In 1973 Rob read a book about log construction by B. Allan Mackie and thought, “I can do this.” He and his wife Kathy bought a small piece of land near Quesnel, B.C. They turned an old 1947 Dodge pickup into a four wheel drive log hauler, skidder and high line lifter and proceeded to build their first log house. A couple of years later, the house was complete and they got married and decided to move to the B.C. coast where the log home market was a little larger. Keep in mind, back in the 70s, the B.C. log home market was in its infancy.
Jump ahead 45 years. Rob has built over 350 log homes throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan and Europe. He has taught numerous log home building courses, invented many log home construction jigs and machines and is now retired—if being retired means running a log retreat rental business, fixing equipment and bringing coffee to the log yard for the crew.
Most days you’ll find Rob tinkering away in the shop or creating projects around the show home that allow him to spend countless hours on the mini excavator.
One of the original log homes Rob built for the family to live in is now a very successful rental home visited by hundreds of people each year.
Seeing what building his first log home in the 1970s has turned into, and then watching his three sons grow to become involved in the family business and eventually run it has made Rob very proud!