Spotlight on small business: Wessels custom logworks

I’ve always been drawn to working with wood, even as a kid

Micheal Wessels is the proud owner and proprietor of Wessels custom logworks here in Williams Lake. Photo submitted.

Micheal Wessels is the proud owner and proprietor of Wessels custom logworks here in Williams Lake. Photo submitted.

Born in Squamish, BC, my parents and I moved to Williams Lake in 1975 and it’s been my home ever since. Out of school, I worked a variety of jobs until I tried log building.

I’ve always been drawn to working with wood, even as a kid. I started out on the log peeling deck for .70 cents per lineal foot, eventually, I moved up to learn the log building process. Doing logwork is an art, no two logs are the same! Working for a couple of local Cariboo companies over the years, I’ve seen different ways of producing a home or structure.

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In 2004, myself and one other co-worker were the first two employees within the company to earn “certification” in the trade of log building. Eventually, I took on more and more responsibilities and was seeing homes all the way through from beginning to end! I now have hundreds of homes and projects that are spread across Canada and the USA.

Starting my own business has been amazing! There are new refreshing challenges that I have never had to face before. Currently, I am developing a site on the Horsefly Highway where I will be doing logwork. As a Master Builder with close to 25 years experience, I want to have the opportunity to teach and mentor employees as I have always enjoyed passing on knowledge.



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