Timber Kings on Discovery USA as of Saturday, March 8th, 2014
With the 10th episode of the Timber Kings airing in Canada on March 10th, and the first season coming to an end, it’s time for our fine American friends to have their turn! Premiering March 8th at 10pm EST, Timber Kings has begun to air in the US on Discovery USA.
This March, Discovery USA introduces viewers to home building like it’s never been seen before, showcasing massive, multi-million-dollar log mansions in the all-new series TIMBER KINGS. Follow the highly skilled craftsmen of Pioneer Log Homes as they artfully construct jaw dropping “log mahals”. The one-of-a-kind dream dwellings are made entirely from enormous trees that have been honed to perfection to give their clients’ homes the perfect balance of eye-catching beauty and innovative installation. These grand abodes are not your typical “Lincoln Log” cabins but amazing works of art that can be grueling and dangerous to build. Tune-in to the U.S. premiere of TIMBER KINGS on Destination America, Saturday March 8 at 10pm EST to watch this crew of masterful log smiths craft the most difficult and elaborate log houses while navigating tough terrain, rough elements and, at times, difficult clients.
“Log cabins are a part of the true American culture, and TIMBER KINGS allows viewers to fantasize about one day owning their own giant log Castle – the ultimate dream home,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “These homes are reminiscent of the traditional early log cabins and TIMBER KINGS highlights the incredible artistry and craftsmanship of these truly amazing builders.”
In addition to spotlighting some of the most stunning log cabins ever imagined, TIMBER KINGS reveals the labor-intensive process that these rugged builders undergo to achieve their clients’ vision, often working against tight deadlines and intense pressure in order to please elite clientele. The designers from Pioneer Log Homes make each cabin on site in their log yard, where they assemble every piece of wood by hand. The homes are then dismantled and transported to their final destination to be reassembled along with the finishing touches, including windows, doors, cabinetry, and more. At times, it can be a very dangerous job as the crew moves 2,000-pound logs in extreme conditions to remote locations.
2014 ConExpo in Vegas
CONEXPO-CON/AGG is happening this week at the Las Vegas Convention Centre and represents all the newest equipment, technology and product breakthrough in construction. With 2,400 exhibitors and 125,000 attendees, it is the biggest construction industry gathering on the planet covering asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and more. The show also includes a comprehensive education program with sessions emphasizing industry issues and trends, management and applied technology.
Come visit our booth and say hi to Bryan Reid Sr., the founder of Pioneer Log Homes.
Las Vegas Convention Centre, March 4th – 8th, 2014
Pioneer Log Homes is at the Calgary Home and Garden Show!
With temperatures varying between -19 and -30 today through the weekend, the Calgary Home and Garden show presents a welcome opportunity to get inside and stay warm! With thoughts of spring, DIY projects, gardening, BBQing and warm sunshine, you will float through this year’s show and forget about what’s outside. Starting today and continuing through to Sunday March 2nd, the Calgary Home and Garden Show is your escape from winter at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park.
With 650 exhibitors, including Pioneer Log Homes, there’s real advice, real inspiration and real experts at every turn. Mike and Gerald will be manning the Pioneer Log Homes booth and are ready and willing to answer any questions you might have.
This year it’s a star-studded affair with Bryan Baeumler, master contractor, host of HGTV’s Leave It To Bryan, House of Bryan and Canada’s Handyman Challenge (and avid Timber Kings viewer); Tommy Smythe, interior design personality and key member of Sarah Richardson’s design team; Alykhan Velji and Jason Krell, Calgary’s Style Guys; Heather Draper, interior designer at The Heather Co.; Jennifer Scott, interior designer at A Good Chick to Know; and Marie-Claire Williams and Claire Gardner, interior designers at Cardel Renos. With that line-up, there will be no shortage of tips from the pros.
The Garden Stage will be focused on sharing tips and info on how to make your gardens perfect and will even have a beer garden in the Corral where you can take a load off or wander through the beautifully landscaped greenery with your crew and brew.
If you can’t find Mike and Gerald at the booth, check the beer garden! See you there!
NHL Alumni Game on The Rock
NHL Alumni games are all about nostalgia. Players share stories and fans share memories. The kids in attendance get to revel in the celebrity of it all while the adults amongst them relive their youth.
Pioneer Log Homes of BC recently sponsored an NHL Alumni game in St.John’s Newfoundland. Ken Auchinleck, our distributor there and an avid hockey fan, was approached for this event and couldn’t turn it down. As host, Ken got to drop the puck to get the game started. The Legends, it seems, hadn’t missed a beat and were still skating with the finesse of their younger NHL years. Theo Fleury, Marty McSorely, Ron Duguay, Chris Nilan, Kenny Linseman, Mike Krushelnyski and Bob Sweeney were all skating for the Legends amongst others.
The final score was 11-6 for the Legends with the highlight reel including a goal by Theo Fleury to prove he still has the skills that made him one of the best in the NHL. He cut across the front of the net and flipped the puck over the defenceman’s head and before the puck hit the ice, he whacked it out of mid-air and scored on Darrel Williams’ five-hole.
Check out these video clips for a few key moments, including:
- Ken’s Entrance (greeted by his loving fans) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9BcqsWIvWk
- The Introduction – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItZw7FyLMYA
- Go Canada Go! A cheer for Sochi! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aM05e-Rd-Q
The game was only the start of the fun-filled day. The after party continued at Ken and Janice’s own Pioneer Log Home where the players, fans and players of the Northeast Eagles Bantam B team mixed and mingled and took in their surroundings. Fantastic feedback was received from the Legends at the after party. John Horrigan said, “Spectacular architecture, the front room is larger than my entire condo!” Bob Sweeney said, “The visit to the log home really capped off another great cultural experience for me in Canada”. Additionally, Ron Duguay said, “The reception was one of the more enjoyable parts of the trip. It’s always nice when you can luck into a social that combines a nice, relaxing, homey feeling…with luxury”.
Thank you Ken and Janice for hosting a wonderful event!
Kazakhstan Round 1: Mission Complete for Pioneer Log Homes
“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God, do you learn.” – C.S. Lewis
Joel and Shawn are home safe from Kazakhstan and the sauna is installed in its permanent and absolutely stunning location, 10,000 feet above sea level. It would be an understatement to say they experienced some culture shock on their trip but they managed to complete the job on time and in very harsh conditions.
With extreme weather, equipment delays and the odd sheep in the way, it was a bit of a slow start but these two seasoned Pioneer veterans are solution-oriented and kept up a positive attitude throughout, never once doubting the job would not be completed on schedule. The crane had a tough climb up a 15% grade and at one point overheated and slid sideways into a ditch beside a massive ravine. Once it arrived, they were able begin set-up and worked into the night for the rest of their trip, in -25 temperatures to ensure the job would be done on time. This gorgeous structure is now in place and will soon be ready for the client to enjoy.
Pioneer Log Homes’ first trip to Kazakhstan has been filled with challenges and triumphs and we know we will be back for the next build – a 20,000 square foot log home. We are looking forward to visiting this spectacular country once again with the new knowledge that we have gained from our Maiden Voyage.
Pioneer Log Homes of BC at the 2014 SCI Show in Las Vegas
This week, Bryan Reid Sr. is heading to Safari Club International’s (SCI) Show at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on February 5th-8th. This “Ultimate Hunters’ Market” is celebrating its 42nd year in 2014. With over 18,000 attendees, 2,500 vendors, nearly a million square feet of exhibit space and 6 continents represented, it’s easy to see why this event attracts the world’s biggest gathering of hunters, conservationists, guides and outfitters.
The four-day itinerary for the show is jam-packed. Attendees can participate in a vast number of informative and educational seminars, they can book hunts and they can shop till they drop for the latest guns and hunting equipment. And then, of course, each day is followed by an evening full of lively entertainment including Big & Rich as well as Jeff Foxworthy this year.
Another incredibly important part of the SCI show is conservation. Each evening auction offers top of the line guns, unique hunts, fine artwork and more, and every purchase provides funding to help preserve hunting heritage and enable conservation efforts around the world.
Stop by our exhibit booth and say hello to Bryan, Carsten and Larry. These three have a combined total of 80+ years with Pioneer Log Homes, so any questions you might have about Pioneer and the homes we build can likely be answered on the spot. No matter where you are on the log home spectrum from concept to construction, our sales associates are there to discuss your ideas and give you the information you need. Get inspired and excited about your home and the countless possibilities! With 12+ years of attendance at SCI, they may even be able to give you some insider tips for the show!
Pioneer Log Homes of BC: Maiden Voyage to Kazakhstan
Pi·o·neer: a person who is among the first to explore a new country
Although Kazakhstan has indeed been explored for thousands of years, this is the first time Pioneer Log Homes of BC has worked in the country and so Joel & Shawn are our very own “Pioneers” on this project. They have headed off to Almaty, Kazakhstan to install a 920 square foot Sauna. This sauna is our trial run as the next project is a potential 13,000 square foot luxury log home. As with all trial runs, it has been a valuable learning experience for all involved.
Construction started here at our Williams Lake yard in summer 2013 and finished three months later. The sauna was then packed up for its long journey. The logs travelled by truck to the coast, by rail to Montreal, by ocean vessel to Lithuania & lastly, by Russian railway & trucks to Almaty, Kazakhstan. The entire journey took nearly two months. Joel & Shawn will now catch up with the logs in Almaty and take them to their final destination for installation.
Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with 9% of the country’s population, and is the major commercial and cultural centre of the country. The city is located in the extreme southeast of Kazakhstan in the foothills of the Ili Alatau mountains. The sauna will be assembled close to the city in a special location chosen by the client specifically for its tranquil environment & stunning surroundings – the perfect place for a Pioneer Log Homes Sauna!
Pioneer Log Homes of BC – Kazakhstan Distributor:
Mr. Sabitov, SaMar Ltd Company
+7 701 718 7691
The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort – Built by Timber Kings
The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort is not far from the town of Williams Lake, BC. Phil Huston, the owner of Chilko, and Bryan Reid, the owner of Pioneer, had been fishing buddies since 1997 so when it was time to create the Chilko Experience the partnership was automatic.
Built over five years at the start of the millennium by Pioneer Log Homes of BC, The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort is composed of 12 buildings in total, including four log and three timber frame homes. As mentioned on The Chilko Experience website, “Log and timber frame homes are the essence of natural living. Wood is a living material. Huge logs & beams move, they crack and they sing at night as the day’s warmth yields to the night’s chill. They are fundamental to replenishing the soul.”
Visit Chilko and be surrounded by the joy of the superb craftsmanship of the Timber Kings; Master Artisans who build log homes worldwide just as they have at The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort.
HGTV Canada is having a contest for a lucky Timber Kings viewer to win a week long getaway for 2 valued at $15,000 at The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort. Tune in to Timber Kings on Sunday nights & watch for the secret code. Enter online to win.
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More on the Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort here: http://www.chilkoexperience.com/
Barrett-Jackson, January 12 – 19, 2014 – The World’s Greatest Collector Car Events
For five years now, Pioneer Log Homes has been an exhibitor at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona showcasing the Finest Log Homes on Earth – a Pioneer Log Home! As the World’s Greatest Collector Car Events, Barrett-Jackson has over 200,000 people in attendance each year. This world-famous Collector Car Auction is a great chance to meet new people and re-connect with old friends in a bustling & exciting environment while we showcase the finest log homes on earth. And, as keen car buffs, we can’t imagine a better event to be a part of!
This year, Bryan Reid Sr., the founder of Pioneer Log Homes, will be attending the event, along with Mike Jacobson and Gerald Overton; all of whom will be there at-the-ready to answer any questions you might have about our custom log homes and log cabins.
A handcrafted log home from Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia is not only a unique option for homebuyers; it also offers a rustic appeal and superior craftsmanship. We employ architectural experts who will exceed all of your expectations, crafting a log home that is not only technically flawless but also aesthetically pleasing. With more than 40 years of experience, we are able to provide the proficiency needed to build dream homes for our customers. The homes we craft stand the test of time; they will be enjoyed for many generations and centuries to come.
A bit more about Barrett-Jackson: Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction provides products and services to classic and collector car owners, collectors and automotive enthusiasts. The company produces the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Events” in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Florida, Orange County, California, Reno, Nevada and Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2013, the top sales record was the 1966 Batmobile that sold for $4,620,000!
See you there!
Western Red Cedar Stands the Test of Time
hree long time friends, Ernie Gruhs, Ron Teppema and Albert (Bert) Chevigny (André Chevigny’s Dad) spent August through September of 1961 working to contain and extinguish two forest fires: the Crooked Lake Fire and Vunder Fire. These fires raged through the Horsefly Lake area in the Central Cariboo Region of British Columbia, Canada.
Bert’s job on the Vunder Fire was running chain saws, carrying water tanks and later on, running a D-7 Cat. His Crew boss was Stan Combs and the D-7 Cat was owned by HJ Gardner & Sons. Ernie and Ron worked mostly on the Crooked Lake Fire which had started a few weeks earlier than the Vunder Fire. Ron’s job was the fire boss while Ernie ran a TD24 for Fred Cobb (father of Walt Cobb, former MLA and business man in Williams Lake). Both Ron and Ernie worked roughly three weeks on the Crooked Lake Fire.
Recounting the events spanning two months in 1961, almost a half a century ago, the three friends are still in awe of the forces of nature. “At one point during the fire in late August, the wind picked up to around 80 kms/ph (50 mph) and by the next morning both fires had doubled in size,” recalled Bert. “ The high winds lasted about twelve to fifteen hours and the Vunder Fire moved with so much speed and power that it amazingly jumped Horsefly Lake just West of Suey Bay, a span of over 1.6 km (approx 1 mile). In addition to this major jump, the fire crossed the lake in as many as five or six other locations.”
To wage war on the fires, fire camps were set up in various locations in close proximity of the fires. On one particularly windy day, the fire raced out of control towards the camp that Marion Beaulieu was stationed as the camp cook. Abandoning camp and loading what they could into crates and onto a waiting tug boat, Marion and the tugboat crew headed out on the lake to escape the fire. The gale fire storm winds had created extremely high waves on the lake, nearly sinking the boat, and Marion lost all of her personal belongings that were washed off the tug into the lake. She later told Bert Chevigny that she would never want to re-live those moments on the tug boat ever again!
The wind created by the fires, pushed the blaze quickly, devouring primarily small and dry fuel and leaving most of the Western Red Cedar timber standing after the blaze.
During the past 40 years that Pioneer has been building log homes, we have been utilizing Western Red Cedar logs that were left standing dead from the 1961 Crooked Lake and Vunder Fires.
The sustainability of Western Red Cedar is amazing and the Pioneer Group has been able to take some of the wood from these fires of nearly 5 decades ago and use them in our beautiful custom log homes. Still standing after half a century, the wood integrity is intact, and some of the Cedar timber that has been blown down over the years, lying on the ground with moss growing on them can also be utilized. Other species damaged by the fire such as Pine, Spruce and Douglas fir, soon deteriorated back into the forest floor, but the beautiful Western Red Cedar still stands – a testament to its longevity.
Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia would like to Thank Ernie, Albert and Ron for the intimate knowledge and information that only these “Pioneers” of our Forest Industry would know. This story is a dedication to these three friends of fifty years who risked their lives to support their families and sustain the forests the best they could in the face of adversity. Hearing these three gentlemen recounting together the stories of the risks they took and sacrifices they made is an honour and a testament of time as is using the majestic standing dead Western Red Cedar which is used in the “Finest Log Homes on Earth” gracing the lands and hearts worldwide.