Log Home Building School

Learn How to Build Your Own Cabin

A log home building school can be the answer to finally achieving your dream of building your own cabin. Do you dream of building your own log home but don’t know how to go about it? 

There are log cabin building schools that will give you the confidence to tackle the project and immerse you in the tools and techniques needed to build a log cabin.

Even if you are familiar with conventional construction you will learn to handle the unique challenges of working with logs, compare the energy efficiency of log homes vs. stick-framing and discover cost-saving and labor-saving tricks that you can use as you pursue your log cabin dreams.

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Log Cabin Building Challenges

Some of the questions that many people have when they contemplate building their own log home or attending a log home building school include:

  • What's involved with wiring log cabins?
  • Do log homes require regular insulation? What is thermal mass and how does it help me?
  • Can I install plumbing in the exterior walls?
  • What are the best choices for log cabin roofing?
  • Are log homes energy-efficient?
  • Can I lift and stack the logs by myself?
  • What’s the best way to install efficient cabin windows and doors in the log envelope?
  • Should I buy a log home kit package?
  • What is the best log style to use? Milled logs or handcrafted? Should I cut my own logs?
  • How do I prepare my building site for a log home package if that’s what I decide to use?
  • Hands-On Experience

    Nothing can fully prepare you for the enormous but rewarding task of building your dream cabin, but log home building classes and timber framing schools will give you a huge head start on your journey.

    The best way to learn is through hands-on work and these log home building schools offer experienced instructors who can pass on their hard-earned knowledge with practical, useful insights and log cabin building tips. They will answer all your questions and push you forward with the confidence and knowledge you need to complete your log cabin dream.

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    Log Home Building School Resources

    Below I list several resources to consider in your search for a log home building school or instruction in traditional, timber framing:

  • The Log Home Builders Association is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to help men and women around the world build their own log homes from scratch, and in many cases build without a mortgage.
  • Norwegian School of Log Building -- Dedicated to providing quality log building instruction and insight into the unique log construction culture of Norway. If you are interested in learning full scribe log building, this is the web site for you. Founded in 1997 the Norwegian School of Log Building is owned and operated by Master Log Builder George Fuller. Two and three week courses are held in Spring and Autumn. Information and instruction is available in Norwegian and English. These courses are suitable for both men and women. The web shop features tools and books, used by professionals and hobby log builders in Norway.
  • Great Lakes School of Log Building -- Learn the skills necessary to construct your own handcrafted log cabin or home at the Great Lakes School of Log Building in northern Minnesota. Save money, get hands-on experience and gain personal satisfaction by attending one of our monthly workshops. The Great Lakes School has been promoting and teaching the craft of Scandinavian full-scribed log construction for 34 years. Our ten-day courses are designed to accommodate all skill levels, from novice on up, and we invite men and women of all ages to participate.
  • Montana School of Log Building -- For over 30 years Al Anderson has been training builders how-to handcraft log homes. He has trained individuals who wanted to build their own homes or start businesses, husband/wife teams, log crews from established log home companies, construction engineers and architects. Besides teaching, Al Anderson is a Montana contractor, who builds handcrafted log homes nationwide.
  • Rocky Mountain Workshops -- If you are seeking unsurpassed instruction in wooden joinery, taught in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, you've come to the right place! In 1986 Rocky Mountain Workshops offered its first hands-on workshops in the handcrafted tradition of scribe-fit log construction. In 1996 we expanded our program to include timber framing. From the beginning the Rocky Mountain Workshops' commitment has been to provide students from all backgrounds and building skills with the best learning experience possible.
  • The Fox Maple School of Traditional Building -- In the foothills of the White Mountains of western Maine, Fox Maple has been teaching "perfection & grace" and providing the opportunity for individuals to learn traditional timber framing and natural building skills in a wonderful environmental setting since 1983.
  • The Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts was established in 1978 to teach the skills and knowledge it takes to build an energy-efficient house. Since that time, we have expanded our programs to include all aspects of the homebuilding crafts, particularly timber framing. We offer workshops in housebuilding, woodworking, timber framing, and carpentry for women.
  • Pat Wolfe Log Building School -- Their Log Home Building School in Almonte, Ontario is designed to expand knowledge - both of log building techniques and tools, their correct use and maintenance. It is a hands-on course. Practicality is stressed from the outset. All students become familiar with the basic notches of the European chinkless style of logbuilding.
  • Island School of Building Arts -- ISBA teaches Timber Frame, Log Building and Fireplace/Stonework; Design, Construction and Finishing skills. ISBA is the only trade school in BC, Canada specializing in teaching both Log & Timber Frame Construction skills for the Owner/Builder and Industry Pre-Employment.
  • Moose Mountain Log Home Course -- By actually working on a log building, we cover the principals of log construction with a hands-on format. Normally the course accomplishes notching, grooving, door and window cutting and roof beam log flattening. In discussion and by demonstration we cover stairs and railing construction, truss construction and numerous other aspects.
  • North House Folk School -- Timber frames to wooden boats, basketry to woodcarving, fiber arts to woodworking - celebrating traditional northern crafts and the joy of learning is what North House is all about.
  • Arbor Vitae Log Craft -- An industry-approved hand-crafted log and post & beam construction training curriculum which includes technical and comprehensive information, training and hands-on experience, safe work practices, interface with other building trades, programs available either at our site or yours, and custom project-based training programs to meet the specific log building requirements of our clients.
  • Onalaska Log Building School -- One-day classes, you will learn to build a log building in that one day, guaranteed. The key to this success is the Butt and Pass building method, no notching and no need to season the logs before building, and no real building expertise is needed. We believe the biggest hurdle keeping  people from reaching their dream of a log building is lack of confidence, we want to give you that confidence.
  • Yestermorrow Design/Build School teaches over 100 hands-on workshops a year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Our intensive, hands-on courses are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. For people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.
  • Use any resource you can to advance your dream of building a log home. These log home building school contacts can offer practical knowledge, experience and confidence. Once you have completed your time with them you can decide if you want to press forward on your own or not.

    Even if you decide to hire a crew that you will supervise or hire a company that handles everything, you will have a solid background on which to base your decisions and handle negotiations as you act as general contractor to build your own log home. 

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