Brief class overview:
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:
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.