Chinese 007 Sets Sights On Wood Construction
Mr. Shujun goes by the name James007. James comes from a farmer’s family in Xinjiang, the far northwest Uygur Autonomous Region neighboring to Russia. Brought up in a poor family with many siblings (quite different from the one-single child policy-stricken areas), James had to quit school and looked for odd jobs from a very young age. After awhile, James opened his own business trading with Russia and taught himself to speak Russian. In 2011, James began building log houses using Russian pine for resort visitors offices but he found business was challenging. Firstly, the log system lacks official codes and standards in China, secondly the cost of the houses was higher than the local market acceptance. Finally, installing and on-site cutting by inexperienced workers took too much time and increased the labor costs. In 2014, James decides to look at Canadian light wood frame construction. Taking a short break from his role as GM, he participated in the CW-UFV training in the summer. The training and CW’s support provided him with confidence to try his new skills. After returning to Xinjiang, he has finished three houses built using light wood frame technology with Canadian wood. James plans to become a developer himself in 2015 so that he can construct his Canadian-style homes in grander scale and with more freedom. James is very keen on learning more and said he will continue to send his staff on similar program in Canada.