Big Timber season 1 review – they’ve got the wood you want!

July 2, 2021
Romey Norton 3
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Think, Ice-road Truckers and Below Deck, but with wood.

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Think, Ice-road Truckers and Below Deck, but with wood.

Netflix reality show Big Timber season 1 was released on the streaming service on July 2, 2021. 

Big Timber is Netflix’s new Original reality TV show that sheds light on the logging industry. In this series we follow sawmill owner, Kevin Wenstob, his family, and his kooky crew as they collect and transport lumber on Vancouver Island, Canada. The first season has 10 episodes, which originally premiered on the History Channel back in 2020. The series captured the attention of audiences enough for Netflix to feature it on their streaming service, and I can see why. 

Who doesn’t love action, adventure, heavy drum and guitar backing music, with millions of dollars on the line? Well, probably not everyone. However, I see this type of reality docu-series as an educational insight with added personal drama, creating a perfect mix of entertainment. Whilst watching, it’s fascinating how vast the forests are and how tiny the crew are compared to trees. The crew’s quirkiness mixed with courage and determination is endearing and inspiring. The one main struggle they face is Mother Nature, the heavy winters, with thick snow is where my heart began to race. 

Learning how much money is in this industry, it is no surprise that they are in this business. However, you can also see how much they actually love and enjoy the work they do. There is a lot of pride and a sense of achievement in this business; it’s the thrill they get when they win/succeed which I think makes them keep going. Any series created like this is bound to have some bias or agenda in order to glorify a business which is sure to spark outrage with the environmental struggles we are facing. When left unchecked, logging can cause habitat destruction, soil erosion, and contributes to the current climate crisis. However, when done right, there are benefits for the environment from logging. Legitimate loggings involve regulated practices, where trees are allowed to be cut down and replanted. This is very different from deforestation. This series gives a real insight into the difference and what the logging industry is about. 

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys watching the adventurous hardships of real life. Think, Ice-road Truckers and Below Deck, but with wood. 

On the fence? What did you think of Netflix’s Big Timber season 1? Comment below.

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3 thoughts on “Big Timber season 1 review – they’ve got the wood you want!

  • July 5, 2021 at 5:02 am

    I watched all 10 episodes on netflix, so at least no fake drama with ad breaks. But, yeah, Kevin needs to learn to communicate. The editors need to learn to edit and somebody needs to change the music. It’s not giving anything away to say that everytime Kevin something is bad, well, it’s not really that bad. I am not going to pretend that I understand his financial planning, but clearly he needs some. I would love to know how well things turned out when the logging season was done. They showed us how many loads they brought it, but what with all the extra machines and people he bought / brought in, did he at least make some profit (we don’t need the actual numbers, but to listen to him for 10 episodes saying how he was thisclose to losing it all, I’d like to know. Yes, they did make an announcement, but I’d like to hear more.

  • July 5, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    I love the series. I’m a woman but when I was in the fourth grade I wanted to be a logger. Thank goodness I chose another profession. The work is fascinating, but Kevin needs to take management classes. He must follow up immediately after giving an order to make sure that the workers are doing the right job. I have seen many businesses fail for the very same reason.

  • January 26, 2023 at 11:30 pm

    I used to work in a cedar mill in Malkwa BC for my first job in the 80’s and the 90’s.
    Its pretty cool to see how they handle the big timber in a smaller mill.
    Never seen some of that equipment, and i have run a lot of different equipment in my time, its pretty awesome how they handle problems.
    In an older mill you have to have diligence, and they have that 12 deep.
    Season one was awesome! Reminds me of my youth, and what we did to get wood out!
    Yes Kevin could use some communication skills. LOL But, they make it work, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. His employees love him, and he loves them, work is work, no personal feelings.
    Keep up the great work, and the great show!
    Wish them all the best, with their mill, and the show!

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