Chown Brook Sawmill

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Chown Brook Sawmill is an artisanal lumber producer. They cut all Haida Gwaii species: red cedar, yellow cedar, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, pacific yew and red alder. They utilize salvaged and FSC certified local timber to produce custom and specialty fine lumber. Chown Brook Sawmill’s mission is to provide quality lumber to the local and off-island markets and contribute to the blossoming of value-added wood product based economy on Haida Gwaii.

Chown Brook Sawmill stocks green and air-dry construction lumber, siding, fencing, clear lumber, and heavy timbers. Chown Brook Sawmill’s sister company, Archipelago Yellow Cedar produces specialty items for export including boat lumber, tone wood, yakisugi (charred and brushed cedar cladding) and live-edge slabs. To learn more about AYC, please visit their website, linked below.

Meet Colin Stringer-Doane

Meet Colin Stringer-Doane

Owner Colin Stringer-Doane has had a lifelong affinity with trees and wood. The forests and culture of Haida Gwaii drew him here 20 years ago. After witnessing the unsustainable logging practices and loss of value to log exports on the islands, he resolved to contribute to creating a better forestry model that prioritized the island communities and preserved the forest ecosystem. Chown Brook Sawmill strives to capture the maximum value from each log and retain it in the community.

In the future, Colin hopes to expand his business and support other local businesses to move the island communities towards a truly sustainable and prosperous relationship with the forest.

9550 Tow Hill Road
Masset, BC V0t1m0


10-5 M-F
And by appointment