Due to drought and softer cattle markets, I decided to diversify into firewood production. My father and I looked at the machines that were available, and we decided to build our own instead. It works well but there were many bugs to work out along the way. Eventually I discovered Tajfun and it is the first product I have found that has the fit and finish and durability I was looking for in my business, that we could not come close to replicating at that price. Now I am proudly the Tajfun distributor for Western Canada (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba), as I know from experience that these machines are a strong asset in any firewood business.
This journey has lead me to HYPRO forestry products, which is ideal for the wood lot owner and contractor who wishes to be competitive in the forestry market but with low environmental impact.
I have been in the forestry industry for nearly 25 years. I started dabbling with a sawmill and skidder, as aggressively as your typical 16-year-old boy would dabble. I wanted to stay close to the ties of my family’s farm. It wasn’t long before the glamorous and exciting career of becoming a log hauler called to me. Short wood hauling, tree-length hauling, but eventually operating a self-loading log truck was my best fit. I bought my first log truck when I was 21.