Prior to founding Hilgard Log Builders, Blair Anderson had been working in construction for other contractors. When one of them began building a log home, the project struck a deep chord with Blair, who felt inspired by the use of logs to create a natural living space, as well as by the genuine artisanship the project demanded. "It was tremendous," he recalls of his introduction to log home building and its personal impact. "I was very taken by the trees and the quality of craftsmanship, as well as the old European tradition of this method of construction. I wanted to learn how to do it."
With time and hard work, Blair did more than just learn. He became an expert log home designer and builder, as well as a licensed general contractor. In 1980, he founded Hilgard Log Builders at Hebgen Lake in West Yellowstone, naming the company after Hilgard Peak, the tallest mountain in Montana’s Madison Range. Since its creation 34 years ago, word of mouth and a reputation for impeccable craftsmanship and integrity have helped Hilgard Log Builders grow from a 2-man enterprise to an 11-person company comprised of some of the most experienced log craftsmen and finishers in the industry.
To date, Blair and his crew have created over 75 one-of-a-kind log homes throughout the U.S. for a global clientele, blending contemporary building methods with ancient European heritage. Still enamored with trees and their power to create inviting and durable living spaces, Blair personally hand selects each and every one before it is sustainably harvested and fitted into a client’s custom home.
Blair Anderson has called Montana home for over 35 years. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, he channeled his lifelong passion for the natural world into a degree in Biology. A mere five days after graduating from college, he left California for Montana, lured by the potential for adventurous outdoor recreation, the diverse wildlife, and the expansive open space. He’s been here ever since and declares, "It seems to be getting better all the time." Married with two adult sons, Blair has built a family and laid down deep roots in a region where he feels strong ties to both the environment and its bountiful resources. "I’ve been here so long," he says, "I know where the good trees are."