The Author: Vic Janzen
Vic Janzen began his
lifelong love affair with log buildings in the Yukon.
While hunting and trapping as a youth, he often took
shelter in abandoned log cabins left over from the Klondike
gold rush days. He built his first primitive log building
at the age of 12.
He began his career in the mid-seventies
by building his own home. The revival of hand-built
log homes had not yet gained much momentum
and therefore builders were a rarity in Canada. All
the local interest in log building inspired him to enter
the craft full-time. He eventually moved into teaching
the skills derived from traditional European techniques.
Following some years as proprietor
of a general contracting log home building firm, Janzen
moved to Prince George, British Columbia to serve as
chief instructor at the B. Allan Mackie School of Log
Building. There he was given the time to experiment
with a variety of building techniques and to benefit
from the inspiring pioneer work of B. Allan Mackie.
In subsequent years, Janzen has taught
log building courses throughout Canada. He has also
taught forestry in the rain-drenched forest and interior
plateau of British Columbia. Today he lives on his farm
in Columbia Valley in the southwest corner of the province
and spends most of his time in the field of building
renovation and restoration.