A man is on a mission to preserve Quebec’s history, one plank at a time.

Roger Brabant of Rigaud, Que., spends his days rummaging around the countryside dismantling unwanted barns and other wooden structures.

Recently, he took apart a barn slated for demolition by a housing developer. He says he might make cupboards out of it.

“This wood is all our heritage,” he says. “It was harvested the hard way.”

Brabant has been pursuing his hobby for decades, often repurposing his finds into various things, including carvings of roosters.

He used wood from one log house, which he says dates back to 1829, to put an addition on his house -- the house he built with his father.

“My father did things with nothing,” he says, “I was brought up like that (too).”

With a report from Genevieve Beauchemin