Rob has the best job. As the miller, it is his job to cut open the trees and see what lives beneath the surface. Wielding his seven foot chainsaw Rob once spent two and a half days cutting out Live Edge’s largest table ever: a nine foot diameter round burl.
Rob describes himself as loud, energetic and balanced. He is the very start of the 'hands on' process...Rob will cut through pockets of sand, rocks and debri that have grown in the tree for years and get an even cut and usable slab. He often cuts through rocks, nails, railway spikes, hooks when creating slabs. He even found a dog ball in the smallest hollow of a tree once.
"Life inspires me. Every day is a good day above ground."
"I have an artistic background. I got a call from Emily Carr University but I didn’t pursue it. And I’m sober. Sobriety is good."
"I collect vintage chainsaws. Mostly antiques from between the 50’s and 70’s. So far I think I’ve got about 50 back home."
"Like what? Strawberry or raspberry?"
"My leg and my back. But you guys ain’t getting no pictures of my back tattoos."
"Arbutus. The wood has a very rich red-brown color. It’s also the hardest broad leafed tree in BC."