Building Original Memories Since 1948
Pan-Abode’s story starts out the way all great stories do…with a Dream.
In 1948, Danish master carpenter Aage Jensen had a dream to manufacture Cedar homes out of the abundance of Western Red Cedar that grew on the coasts of the Pacific Northwest. The name Pan-Abode was chosen in tribute to Pan, the Greek god of the wild who was worshipped in natural settings. It was in these fields, groves and wooded glens that everyman could build their retreat away from the pressures and demands of civilization. In the midst of nature’s healing environs, one could re-group, re-connect and start over again
With the aim of making the Pan-Abode dream affordable and buildable by all families, Mr. Jensen drew upon his knowledge of fine carpentry and his deep understanding of the properties of wood to devise the interlocking building system and “lock joint” corners now synonymous with the Pan-Abode name.
During the same 1948 time period, Mr. Jensen teamed up with the brilliant engineer and businessman, Albert “Doc” Steiner. The combined energies of these two remarkable visionaries translated into Pan-Abode homes becoming common features on practically every lakefront throughout North America – thus playing a vital role in the evolution of Cottage Culture on this continent. Additionally, Pan-Abodes were built as summer camps, mining camps, churches, fishing lodges, hotels, motels, restaurants, gas stations and banks, to name but a few of the many applications.
The partnership of Aage Jensen and “Doc” Steiner eventually expanded into a network of dealerships that provided Pan-Abode’s unique product across Canada, United States and around the world – including Antarctica.
Today, Pan-Abode International continues to be Canadian-owned and proudly upholds the legacy founded by Aage Jensen and “Doc” Steiner. Our production facility features computerized milling equipment, custom engineered notching machinery, and specialized finishing technology. In our design and engineering offices, we use computerized drafting and log coding software that allows us to provide accurate, detailed drawings and estimates along with superb building site documentation for ease of assembly.
Pan-Abode is committed to staying true to the original vision of its founding partners
Pan-Abode is committed to staying true to the original vision of its founding partners to provide every family with enduring memories of their “cabin in the woods” experience. As in 1948, our homes continue to be constructed from 100% Western Red Cedar logs, the pristine wood species that has guaranteed comfort, quality and dependability throughout Pan-Abode’s long history.