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Vancouver Island's Best Kept Secret

Our State of the Art Kilns

In this era of volatile lumber prices and unpredictable availability, the value of a stable lumber supply is not lost on us. We are equipped and experienced to source, season, service and supply lumber for both our own projects, as well as our partners and clients. Our supply chain is reliable, ethical, affordable, and supportive of a chain of local small businesses. We operate outside of the corporate lumber supply chain which is so easily subject to adverse economic forces. In short, Lopez Contracting Ltd’s lumber service and supply department is Vancouver Island’s best kept secret!



Our freshly felled lumber is milled on-site via portable milling services.

Lopez Contracting Ltd is driven by two commitments; the first is to support our local network of small businesses and workers and ingrain ourselves within these symbiotic relationships. The second is to be as self-sustainable as possible as a business, meaning that our workshop should be a one stop shop for a client who is aiming to see a construction project from start through finish. These twin commitments exemplify our understanding of our place as a company within the wider world. We stand for community, sustainability, and our environment.



Lopez Contracting is able to supply builders and contractors with dimensional lumber for all their construction and framing needs

In an effort to remain true to both these ideals simultaneously, we’ve addressed both commitments through our Lumber Supply and Service department. Before a project is even commenced, and before a single chop has been made into the wood, Lopez Contracting Ltd is equipped to source all the required lumber for the job through our Vancouver Island based network. Our wood is sourced largely from pre-committed contracts or tress felled by our environmentally conscious arborist partners. This manner of sourcing is not only ethical but allows for us to source quality lumber which would otherwise be going to waste. As well, it supports our arborist partners.



Live edge is at the forefront for home imporvment trends, especially on the BC coast. We're able to supply bulk and seasoned live edge for any connoisseur of this advanced form of woodworking. Our live-edge is seasoned and milled to become perfect furnishings and home fixtures

Our wood is destined for both live-edge and dimensional lumber. Once milled in-house as required, our lumber is placed in our state-of-the-art kiln drying facilities. Our novel kilns utilize cutting edge dehumidification technology and are able to draw out the moisture content from the wood itself, hence stabilizing the lumber which would otherwise be subject to warping in various weather conditions. Our kilns can season most lumber within one 5-week cycle, after which the lumber would have achieved ‘interior grade’ moisture content. Our kilns allow us to do in just over a month what would take air seasoning one to two years! Though some of the wood in the kiln is destined for our own use, these gargantuan structures can accommodate so much more than that. We also offer Kiln drying as a standalone service, and have serviced businesses, hobbyists and even homeowners with excess slabs.


Our state of the art wood kiln facilities are not only the only in downtown Victoria, but are amongst the first in Vancouver Island to use cutting edge dehumidification technology.

In addition to milling, dimensioning and kiln drying lumber, we are also able to pre-fabricate lumber through staining and joinery, which can be prepared in-house and trucked to the relevant jobsite for assembly. For live-edge pieces, we offer planing slabs through our own invention; the lignum planus machina, which allows for the unruliest pieces to be brought to level. Sanding at any level of grit for lumber of any dimension is also readily offered as part of our finishing department. Each of our lumber services, be it sourcing, seasoning, milling, planning, finishing, pre-fabricating or supplying is available as a standalone service for contractors, hobbyists, or any customers. We’d be happy to help expedite any part of your project! Email us at or call us at +1 (250) 885-2902 today!


These live edge shelving units were milled, seasoned, kiln dried, sanded, and finished within our one-stop shop

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Our Triple Crown Philosophy

Some years ago, I innately understood that a building structure should have three important attributes. First, it should be structurally sound. Second, it should be aesthetically pleasing. Third, it should be attainable or affordable. Ever since, I have strived to make everything I do worthy of this triple crown of excellence.

During a ferry ride to Vancouver, I saw my young son had drawn Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man in my notebook. To my surprise, my son’s sketch led me to discover the historic importance of this idea. This world-famous sketch of a man in a circle, his arms outstretched in two different overlapping poses, has become iconic. A Wikipedia search showed me how Da Vinci was inspired by proportions described by Vitruvius in his ancient treatise of De Architectura.

Vitruvius was arguably the greatest architect in history. His work is the only major surviving publication on architecture from classical antiquity. It was written for Emperor Augustus, made famous in the Bible for his census which brought Jesus’ parents to Bethlehem. Eminent Roman architects such as Vitruvius were skilled in engineering, art, and craftsmanship. As an army engineer himself, Vitruvius had overseen all manner of building and construction for wars and settlements across Europe and North Africa.

The most famous maxim of Vitruvius was that architecture should embody three qualities: utilitias, firmitas, and venustas. In English, this means that great handiwork should be useful, sturdy, and with beautiful proportions. (Just imagine what Venus, the goddess of love, might look like.)

I was delighted and not disappointed to find out that my idea was old and not new. It gives me more motivation than ever to offer you the product of a triple crown craftsman: sturdy, useful, and beautiful work at a reasonable price.