Timber Kings: Beat16 Dec 2014, Posted by Timber Kings in
With just over two weeks left before the premier of Timber Kings Season 2, we’re bringing you another exclusive Timber King interview! Be sure to tune into HGTV Canada, January 4th at 10 PM ET|PT for Timber Kings Season 2!
Q: When did you start working at Pioneer Log Homes?
A: After finishing my carpentry apprenticeship in Switzerland, I came to Pioneer in 1993 for a one year work exchange which turned into a 21 year work relationship.
Q: Have you always wanted to be a “Timber King”? When did you first know that this was what you wanted to do?
A: Building log homes was just another trade I wanted to learn, but I got hooked and it turned into my dream job.
Q: It’s safe to say that since the show aired, many young men and women are now aspiring to become “Timber Kings” themselves. What advice would you offer to them?
A: It all looks easy, you know if you are cut out for building log homes after you peel your first logs and you get blisters, under blisters, under blisters and you still keep going. It probably is the hardest job you will ever have but also the most rewarding. You see every evening what you have accomplished, or not!! For me this is the greatest satisfaction.
Q: If you had to choose one favourite thing about what we do here, what would it be?
A: I absolutely love running the chainsaw.
Q: Of all the builds you’ve done, do you have a favourite? How about one that challenged you most?
A: My most intricate was a 57,000 square foot log home with an 80’x80′ living room which had fourteen 64’ long hip rafters radiating just like the spokes of a wheel around the center post.
My toughest delivery was bringing a log home across a 34km long ice road to an island and having to split the truckloads because of weight issues and ice thickness. On top of that we did not a big crane on the Island but instead had 3 small cranes leapfrogging logs up the hill to set the logs on the foundation.
My favourite is my sister and mom and dad’s log home which I delivered to my hometown in Switzerland.
Over the years I have probably built and helped build about 600 different log homes. Every home has its own story. Different shapes and sizes, funky and unique, spectacular settings and unbelievably nice clients: all of them mean a lot to me!
Q: How has your life changed since the premiere of Timber Kings?
A: My life has not really changed except for being recognized on the street. Shopping takes twice as long and even going to the beach in Mexico people know me, or so they think!
Q: Tell us about your saw of choice!
A: Saw of choice!?! As long as it starts and doesn’t vibrate too much I work ’em all! I like Jonsered the best.
Q: When you aren’t busy being a Timber King, how do you like to spend your time?
A: With my family and friends doing any kind of outdoor activities, usually even then a chainsaw is involved!