a lifetime of craftsmanship

I have been working with log construction literally all my life. When I was eight years old, I helped build our family’s log cabin. Then, when I was 12, my parents bought a rustic fishing resort on a remote island in Northern Ontario, and the real work started. Over the years, our family remodeled and expanded the resort’s log buildings to create the world-class destination it is today. All work had to be done by hand – no electricity, no heavy equipment, and no excuses. My brothers and I learned every aspect of working with wood – especially log construction.

My father’s work ethic has influenced my approach to life ever since.

He insisted on high quality and fine workmanship for every aspect of the resort. He came from a challenging background, but his determination and attention to detail allowed him to succeed and build a resort that is highly-rated and memorable to visit. His pride in that success instilled in his three sons the lesson that whatever task you are doing, doing it right is the only option, even if it is more work. Excuses were never part of the conversation in our family. If there was a problem, we focused on what to do to solve it, and set about doing what was necessary.

At one time, I thought I would get into building log homes, but when I looked at the industry, it seemed as though many people were already doing that. The weak point in all the log construction projects I saw was always the stairs. They might look nice, to begin with, but sometime after the warranty ran out, they would always fail. I knew the classic techniques of building with dowels and precision drilled holes that would make stairs last a lifetime. I knew I could build better stairs, and I saw there was a need for them.

That was over 50 years ago, and I have been building and expanding the business ever since, always striving for the high quality and fine workmanship that my father would be proud of. We now have a major operation that can accommodate any ideas that present themselves. When a client calls, I immerse myself in their project. My lifetime of experience allows me to see in my mind what people are asking for and describe it back to them. Customers find that they can trust me to understand their needs and to have the expertise to fulfill them.

Years ago, after an industrial accident sidelined me from physically demanding work for a while, I went to school to learn computer-aided design. This allows me to put my ideas and visions on paper. After talking with a client and learning about their project, I draw up an exact schematic of what I envision and email it to them. This allows them to see exactly what I’m talking about and if it fits their needs.

This is how I have lived my life: always striving to do better, offering something that no one else can offer. If you want the best, you are in the right place. Please call or email me and let’s talk about your project.

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