The works by Cowichan Valley’s professional chainsaw woodcarver Tyler Cochrane are selling around the world. (Submitted photo)

The works by Cowichan Valley’s professional chainsaw woodcarver Tyler Cochrane are selling around the world. (Submitted photo)

Business notes: Cowichan carver finding international success

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

Professional chainsaw wood carver Tyler Cochrane is making a name for himself internationally.

Cochrane has been honing his skills at his studio on Drinkwater Road, called Tyler Cochrane Chainsaw Carvings, for the past 10 years, creating iconic carvings mainly from red cedar depicting wizards, wood spirits, vikings, bears and much more, depending on what he is asked to carve.

His art has caught the eye of people around the world, and he’s sold pieces, some as high as 12 ft., in China, Australia, and across Canada and the U.S.

Cochrane said he is now receiving approximately 600 requests a year for his carvings, but he can’s keep up with the demand as he can only produce about 240 to 300 per year.

One of his latest works is located at the Demxx location in Cobble Hill.

“It’s been busy like this for years now,” he said.

“My art speaks for itself.”


Cobble Hill’s The Little Corner Sandwich Shop, a popular lunch spot, has been sold to a new owner, but the menu, hours and staff will remain the same.

The new owner is committed to maintaining the high-quality standards that the sandwich shop is known for, and is excited to continue serving the community, according to statement from the shop’s previous owners, Chris Jameson and Clayton Frost.

“We know that the Little Corner Sandwich Shop is an institution in Cobble Hill, and we’re honoured to take on the responsibility of keeping it running,” said the new owner, who was not named.

“We promise to continue making the best sandwiches in town, and to provide the same level of service and quality that customers have come to expect.”

Jameson and Frost have moved on to start a new venture, called Canadian Box and Paper (, a local company that sells biodegradable, environmentally friendly disposable paper products.

Their first customer? The Little Corner Sandwich Shop.

“We wanted to create a company that was committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility,” the partners said.

“We’re excited to be able to provide these products to the Little Corner Sandwich Shop, and to other businesses in the Cowichan Valley and beyond.”

Canadian Box and Paper is located in Duncan and boasts a warehouse stocked with high-quality paper products, including paper bags, thermal paper, take-out containers and much more.

The company is committed to providing exceptional customer service and is actively seeking warehouse partners in the area to better serve the community.

“We know that local warehouses on Vancouver Island don’t always stock enough inventory for the roughly one million people living here on the island,” the partners said.

“That’s why we’re on a mission to expand our network of warehouse partners in the Cowichan Valley so that we can provide the products and service that businesses in the area need.”


The Medix EMS location at 24 Station St. in Duncan has closed, and the company, which is a full service industrial and event medical firm that provides first aid and paramedic services throughout B.C., will be opening a new storefront and head office location at #1-301 Festubert St. on April 1.

Lyle Jordan, Medix’s chief of operations, said the new office is twice the size of the old one and will allow for growth and will deal with the growing demand for supplies that the company has experienced over the last few years.

He said Medix will also be introducing its new work-wear lines, including high-visibility clothing, helmets and increased work-safe products at the new location.

“We will also be introducing EMS wear, boots and an ever-expanding healthcare product line,” Jordan said.

“Over the next few weeks, we will be setting up and moving and doing everything we can to be ready for April 1. While we aren’t here to serve you at this moment, our online store is always open and ready to help. We can’t wait to welcome you to our new location.”


Spring has sprung at Malahat SkyWalk, making it the perfect day trip for family members looking to tap into their inner explorer and experience an adventure like no other.

To further entice families to visit this Spring Break, Malahat SkyWalk is introducing its new Kids Visit Free offer.

Until the end of March, kids aged 17 and under will receive free admission when one adult/senior ticket is purchased online at full price using code SPRING23.

Adding to the experience is a scavenger hunt, where younger kids can uncover some of the highlights of the attraction and receive a free hot chocolate upon completion.

Add Malahat Skywalk to your adventure-list this spring break.

Explorers of all ages can fly down the famous spiral slide, traverse the adventure net, and walk amongst the trees surrounded by the sea.

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