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Members abide by the ILBA code of conduct and ethics. They provide quality workmanship, skilled labour and consistently meet or exceed the industry standards.

Island School of Building Arts

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Address :
3199 Coast Road, Gabriola, BC V0R 1X7
Phone Number :
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Log and Timber Sales, Log Building Schools
Service Areas:
World Wide
In Business Since:
ILBA Member For:
10+ years

About Us

The Island School of Building Arts (ISBA) has been teaching the art and craft of Log and Timber building to students from around the world since 1997. Located in the beautiful Gulf Islands on the West Coast of Canada, ISBA is the perfect place to learn to work with big wood. In both Spring and Fall, ISBA offers four-week courses in Log Building, Timber Frame Post and Beam, and Timber Frame Hammer Bents, as well as SketchUp for Timber Framers weekend workshops. Students learn the theory and practical skills required to work in industry or build their own structures, with 80% of class time spent in the shop and the yard, making sawdust and creating full-sized log cabins and timber frame buildings.

Gabriola Island is known as the ‘Isle of the Arts’ and working with big timbers is definitely an art with a long history. Learning and living in the location where the big wood grows is inspirational and students will find many like-minded people at ISBA. The Gulf Islands of British Columbia offer an exceptional outdoor experience for students who are also interested in kayaking, fishing, hiking, ocean swimming and cycling.

Log Cabin Class ProjectLog Building Notched CornerTimber Frame Post and BeamTimber Frame Hammer Bents

Certifications & Memberships

International Log Builders Association

BC Log and Timber Framing Industry Association

Timber Framers Guild

Career Opportunities

Please contact ISBA if you are an industry member looking for quality, trained ISBA graduates.


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Canada’s Log and Wood Home Store is pleased to offer up to 15% off of log and timber supplies to ILBA members. Please contact to get your discount codes and get set up for this program. You can also call us at 1-844-714-8187

**Discounts available on almost all products except power tools and siding.

Please contact Charis Babcock - or Christian Ethridge - - and reference the ILBA Members discount.

ILBA members to receive a 5% product rebate for stain purchased from Jan to December in any given year.  The rebate will be applied to a members account in January the year following and they can use any time in that 12-month period. Contact Mark Dunn @ for more details.

ILBA members to receive a one hour virtual consultation. Picture or video analysis along with voice or video chat.  Consultation will address questions, concerns or maintenance. Contact Nate @ for more detail.

Please email Patrick at or call 1-425-952-2061 and mention the ILBA Members discount.  Shipping is not included. Available in continental USA and Canada.

Log Home Home Store is pleased to offer 10% off of log and timber supplies to ILBA members. Please contact Scotty at to get full details, get your discount codes and get set up for this program. You can also call us at 1-800-827-1688


Club 1986 – communication to members

Introducing Sansin’s Club 1986 Loyalty Program

The Sansin Corporation is pleased to announce Club 1986, an exclusive loyalty program
available to members of the International Log Builders Association (ILBA). Club 1986 is
designed to bring log home builders, timber framers and Sansin coating experts together
to ensure your projects receive the best wood coating protection.

What is Club 1986?

Club 1986 – named for the year Sansin was founded – is a prestigious loyalty program
designed to support your wood building with durable, sustainable, and beautiful wood coatings
from participating dealer locations. Club 1986 is available to members in good
standing of ILBA. The card entitles you to a discount at your local participating Sansin registered dealer.
No matter where you build, you can meet a certified Club 1986 Sansin dealer and receive your
Club 1986 professional coating expertise and service.

How Do I Apply?

Attendees of the ILBA Annual Conference can apply for their personalized Club 1986 at the Sansin booth.
Upon approval, you will receive your Club 1986 card by mail. Club 1986 cards will expire annually
on December 31. You can apply to participate in Club 1986 here:
Sansin will review your Club 1986 membership application within 30 days of application. You will
then be connected to a participating Sansin registered dealer to service your wood coating

If you have any questions about Club 1986, please contact us at
Club 1986 will aid relationship building within the log and timber industry and provide cost
effective way for you to purchase high-performing, durable and beautiful wood protection
products from our extensive dealer network.