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Green Forest

Our Inspiration

The name Good Timber Legacy Video was inspired by a poem by Douglas Malloch (1922) that speaks to the human spirit and the growth that comes from persevering in the face of life’s obstacles. We are excited to help you share your journey.

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Good Timber

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.

by Douglas Malloch

Steve Burns
Owner & Producer

Steve has created documentaries on a wide range of topics, including the rapid evolution of songbirds, the faces of Indiana’s opioid epidemic, the aftermath of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the trials and triumphs of generational family businesses. He is always eager to collaborate, create and entertain with video.

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Kent Esmeier

Kent has been telling stories with video for two and a half decades. You could say he is an analog soul with a digital mind. He loves connecting with people by documenting their lives and helping them to share their stories. Armed with the latest camera gear and technical expertise, Kent brings a professional approach and creative perspective to every project.

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West Michigan-based video production with over 40 years of combined experience. 

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