The most unique log homes on earth are custom built by master log-smiths in the small town of Williams Lake, British Columbia. Each one is handcrafted on site, then taken apart, shipped around the world, and reconstructed wherever the client wants. No one else can do it like the boys at Pioneer Log Homes. They are “Timber Kings.”
Founder & Owner
As a boy, Bryan Reid spent many winters with his father trudging through deep snow and extreme cold in the Canadian wilderness tending their trap-lines. At the end of each day, they’d light a fire in a small, rustic log cabin and it would be complete heaven.
At age 18, Bryan was married with a son on the way and needed a place to live. He wanted a log cabin like the ones in his youth, and he knew he could build it with the help of a First Nations man, Samson Jack. Although Samson could neither read nor write, he could use hand tools to lift and stack logs weighing thousands of pounds. Samson taught Bryan everything he knows.
Forty years later, Bryan is a log home tycoon who has gone to international trade conferences with three Canadian Prime Ministers and met two U.S. presidents. His company, Pioneer Log Homes of B.C., is the largest builder of handcrafted log homes in the world. Bryan’s brother Andre describes him as “stubborn as an ox” and says Bryan’s hard-driving attitude has often made the impossible, possible.
Now sharing the reins of Pioneer with Andre and Bryan Jr., Bryan Sr.'s persistence often leads to clashes. He is notoriously on the clients’ side, no matter how it affects the schedule or bottom line.
Bryan Reid, Sr. Photos
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