Developing a business focused on sustainable building now means Damon spends most of his time at the timber frame shop – running the site, reviewing construction plans, overseeing the sawmill operation and collaborating with the rest of the gang on product development.
Damon has a Master’s degree in Development Economics from Dalhousie University where his research in value-added wood products and rural economic development took him to Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania. He is passionate about sustainable building, using local materials and wood by-products. “Nirvana” for Damon is creating an all-wood house that meets our criteria for a sustainable building. He thrives on working with his talented and passionate co-workers.
When not at work, Damon spends most of his time with his daughter Julia and son Benjamin. He enjoys exploring and camping with his family, occasionally traipsing around with his brothers and their families in the back country, and dreaming about finally flying his ultralight airplane.
Sam and his wife Jill and sons Tarn and Kell live on one end of the family ranch in one of ZTF’s first homes, a cozy 850 square foot timber frame with solid square log pine walls nestled among some of the original log buildings dating back to 1918. They live on the sunniest spot on the ranch and enjoy growing most of their winter food between a large garden and greenhouse.
Sam has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Northern BC and a Masters degree in Forestry from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). Sam’s interest in sustainable forestry dates back to childhood days of skidding logs for fences and forts with his prize pony Mazie (now 32 yrs old and enjoying her retirement and occasional rides by the next generation). In addition to his work with Zirnhelt Timber Frames Sam works closely with local First Nations in natural resource management and economic development. Sam and Damon built some of their first buildings with Tsi del del First Nation as part of a training program to add value to their sawmilling business. Damon and Sam see an ongoing need for application of sustainable building systems in First Nation communities.
In addition to his primary role in marketing and sales, Sam works closely with our clients, architects and builders throughout the design process and with the rest of the ZTF crew to complete our homes.
When not at work or chasing cows, Sam spends as much time as possible skiing, hiking or horse packing in the vast back country areas we are blessed with in this region.
Le Roy grew up in 100 Mile House and was active in sports where he earned a gold and silver medal in fastball at the B.C. Summer Games in 1986 & 1987. After graduation, Le Roy studied Business Management at Kwantlen College in Richmond B.C. He soon realized that his real passion was creating with wood which brought him to Salmon Arm B.C. where he learned the trade of log home building and during the slow winter months he also learned how to drywall along with many other construction trades. After 16 years of building log homes and doing renovations, he started building log furniture, log stairs and railings where his creative side could really shine. He has just recently moved back to the Cariboo where he grew up and joined the Zirnhelt Timber Frames team. His passion for working with wood and creating things out of log made this step a perfect fit for him. He is excited about the direction towards eco friendly building technology that Zirnhelt Timber Frames is taking and looks forward to good things to come.
Le Roy currently lives in Williams Lake and enjoys camping and fishing with his family.
Growing up in Invercargill New Zealand, right from a young age Andrew has always had a fascination with timber, creating and building objects. As he grew up this lead to helping out and fixing things around the family home and later into a building apprenticeship in New Zealand.
Growing more and more of a passion for sustainable building and working with natural timbers, Andrew shifted to Queenstown New Zealand to further his experience, variety and challenges in the building industry. This is where he got his first look at a Zirnhelt Timber Frame Home in Glenorchy New Zealand. Andrew knew right away that it was exactly what he wanted to be building. According to Andrew, “the unique style of ZTF construction was truly mind blowing and it is a real honour to be here in Canada working alongside Sam and Damon with their talented passionate crew to learn and share skills building these beautiful homes.”
In his spare time you can often find Andrew out biking with friends or building bike trails out behind the ranch with some of the Zirnhelt family or in the winter time enjoying the great skiing and snowboarding Canada has to offer.
Florian moved from Germany in the mid 90’s to their family-operated ranch in the Cariboo Region of British Columbia. Always being involved with various building projects on the ranch, Florian’s interest in building with wood grew over the years and after various construction projects, he wanted to focus more on timber framing in particular. That’s how Florian eventually ended up at Zirnhelt Timber Frames.
Florian and his wife Stefanie now live in Horsefly, BC, where they hope to build their own timber frame home soon. Time permitting, Florian loves flying, backpacking, camping, wildlife photography and anything else that leads him outdoors to enjoy what this great province has to offer.
Geraldine’s parents immigrated to Canada from Brunei in the 1980’s. She was born and raised in Surrey, BC and moved to Fort McMurray in 2009 to work in the residential construction business as an Interior Designer, in which she went to school for. She also had the opportunity to gain experience in Marketing/graphic design and Administration. After working in the residential business for 5 years she felt she wanted to expand her design skills further and left the residential business to work for the Municipality of Wood Buffalo to do work space design. She is our Office Manager and Accountant and will be keeping us in the modern times with her design, marketing and graphic skills.
What brings her to Williams Lake? Her husband was born and raised here and fell in love with the community and environment it has to offer. On her spare time, Geraldine loves to read, watch movies and when she can afford to, Travel. She was also introduced into the world of hunting by her husband 5 years ago and is slowly learning to appreciate the hunt.