Timber Kings airs Jan. 5

New HGTV series features Pioneer Log Homes in Williams Lake

Beginning in January, HGTV Canada explores home building like never before in the brand new original series Timber Kings.

Follow the gruelling jobs and jaw-dropping experiences of the master log smiths at Pioneer Log Homes in Williams Lake, as they build massive, multi-million-dollar log homes under tight deadlines and intense pressure. The drama begins on Timber Kings on Sundays at 10 p.m. Pacific Time, beginning Jan. 5 on HGTV Canada.

“HGTV Canada is the undisputed destination for compelling stories about the home, and this winter, we’re taking it to another level with Timber Kings,” says Barb Williams, Shaw Media senior vice-president of content.

“This new original series expertly tells the stories of a crew that masterfully crafts the most difficult and elaborate log homes, navigating anything and everything the elements, terrain and clients can throw at them.”

Crafting these magnificent homes around the world requires a labour-intensive process to ensure perfection for each elite client. The homes are all made on site at Pioneer Log Homes, with each enormous log notched by hand to fit exactly into the next.

The homes are then dismantled to be reassembled at their final destination, which can be a very dangerous job because the builders need to manoeuvre the 2,000-pound logs in often extreme weather conditions. Add using a 20-pound chainsaw three storeys in the air and the stakes get even higher.

This season the Timber Kings crew builds homes in Germany, Scotland and on a private island in England, in addition to locations across North America.

The premiere episode focuses on building a 4,400-square-foot lakefront cottage in Northern Ontario where the severe winter weather puts everything at risk for the Timber Kings crew. All of the materials must make it over a series of three impossibly narrow, icy bridges before they can even begin building, putting their timelines to the test.

Back at the work yard in Williams Lake, an eccentric Arkansas millionaire is in the market for a massive 1,000-year-old tree to become the centrepiece of his new home for a whopping cost of $80,000, and two of the Pioneer Log Homes crew push each other to breaking points in a fight for new equipment.

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