We tend to adventure a lot, even when we are on an assignment for a client here on Vancouver Island. Frequently we find the most amazing things, things that cause us to take pause, and in many cases result in a plume of tire smoke as we sidle up to the latest find with brakes fully engaged, anxious to discover something new. In today’s post we are going to take a brief look at a family owned sawmill that has been operating in the city of Courtenay since 1968.
I simply had to process this first image in sepia, with an eye towards making an image that was sympathetic to the times when the mill was originally built and came into service. This is a slight departure from our normal work, but one we thought was in keeping with the subject we are sharing here today.
This is what the sawmill looks like today, in the middle of the summer on a blazing hot day. The wonderful architectural features of the facility were what caught our eye originally as we passed by, almost missing it. The red on the roofs work perfectly with the textures of the old wood on the siding, along with all the wonderful little features of the facility that are home to offices and work areas. To say I’d love to have a chance to photograph the inside would be an incredible understatement, but for today we get to enjoy a brief walk-around of the exterior of the mill.
For us here, one of the best parts of these types of discoveries is in learning about the place after the work with the images is complete. In the case of the Thomson Bros. Lumber Co. Ltd. we learned that the same family has been operating the mill since inception in 1968, and that they have a focus on being environmentally friendly through the process of milling reclaimed wood that would otherwise be left to rot or burnt in a slash pile.
This kind of stewardship of our natural resources is a rare find in today’s contemporary business world. This makes a place like Thomson Bros. Lumber Co. Ltd. all the more special as they are not just focused on the product they create and make available, they also care about the source, and the longevity of our forests.
We can honestly tell you that based on these facts, Thomson Bros. will be one of the first places we consider for sourcing our lumber for our next project. And to think, if we weren’t the photography adventuring types we would never have found this wonderful local business and learned all about it. This is certainly one of the key reasons we love our work so very much here at The Hollow.
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