John Bergman always liked timber, he was always building or making something out of wood. When his younger brother was pig hunting and found an old salvage kauri log John approached the forestry to buy the logs.
The Bergman brothers started milling the high value salvage kauri in the 1980’s in the remote hills of the Bay of Islands. They sometimes travelled 1-2 hours on rough forestry tracks and later heli-logged to recover inaccessible logs. The first mill was a twin saw they had custom built. It was light with a VW motor, inserted tooth blades and maximum 12 x 8 cut.