Class Intinerary


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Brief class overview:

bulletBuilding site and permits.
bulletTools needed
bulletLogs (when to cut, sizes needed, peeling, etc.)
bulletLearn how to avoid insect infestations in your logs.
bulletLog building assembly
    Lifting logs
    Placing sill logs
    Putting up wall logs
    Getting logs to fit
    Ridge pole
bulletFinish work
    Floor joists, flooring, electrical.
    Log care

The hands-on demonstrations include:

1) lifting a large log (Bertha) with ropes and pulley blocks, 

2) walking through timber trees to view which ones would make good log building logs,

3) peeling a log with a drawknife and spud,

4) reviewing and handling the tools needed to build a log building,

5) viewing actively used lifting poles, guy lines, and pulley block assemblies, 

6) using tape measurers to lay out and square up a foundation, and use of board-and battens, 

7) stringing a set of pulley-blocks,

8) how to use the 2-stick measuring method for vertical poles and story-stick for wall heights,

9) reviewing the existing log buildings for the various differences in construction,

10) lifting a wall log, a ridge pole and a set of rafters with pulley-blocks on a working model,

11) mixing up mortar mix and chinking part of a log building, 

12) viewing what various log treatment products look like on the logs,

13) laying out several rows of a butt-and-pass building with lumber, so all will understand the concept.  

It is one thing to see photos of how things are done, but it helps considerably to actually do it yourself, even on a small scale.  

Some of the reasons that folks like our class over other classes include: 
1. We teach code compliant construction, including continuous foundations,  
2. We use ropes and pulley blocks rather than expensive equipment, 
3. We use log rafters and a ridge pole so you can enjoy an open beam ceiling, 
4. We show you the time window for cutting your logs, saving hundreds of hours of log peeling. 
5. We review and show the five different log finishes that we've used to keep logs looking great, including some that you'll want to avoid. 

Students putting together model to illustrate Butt and Pass method of construction. 2x2 model.JPG (463721 bytes)

Another outside demonstration includes training on setting up and using batter boards to level and square your foundation.  You will save a ton of money doing your own foundation.

Students working on laying out a square foundation. Sharon w batter boards.JPG (1105096 bytes)

There is also a log lifting station where you will easily lift a 11" diameter x 16' long log with pulley blocks.   log lift class.JPG (1067053 bytes)log lift 2.JPG (804467 bytes)log lift 1.JPG (767254 bytes)

Other stations include log peeling with spuds and drawknives. P1140489.jpg (98203 bytes)P1140494.jpg (109782 bytes)spud 2 2012.JPG (817093 bytes)spudding 2012.JPG (985558 bytes)

Spinning a log with a peavey. P1140492.jpg (104345 bytes)

You will learn how to string a set of pulley blocks. pulley block stringing.JPG (631265 bytes)pulley block stringing 2.JPG (621704 bytes)

Reviewing the hand and power tools needed. P1140488.jpg (53649 bytes)

You can see if it is worth cutting rebar pins with boltcutters. cutting rebar.JPG (709293 bytes)

 Learning how to chink between logs. chinking.JPG (607996 bytes)chinking2.JPG (566096 bytes)chinking 2012.JPG (656756 bytes)