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The Owner-Built Log House

The Owner-Built Log House    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 1-55297-548-7
Pages 232
Language English only
Price $24.95
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Written by B. Allen Mackie.
Published by Firefly Books Ltd., 2001.


Log houses evoke a tradition of independence and self-sufficiency missing in today’s high-tech world. But a log house does not have to be a fantasy. Ownership is within the means of almost anyone reasonably handy with tools.

Allan Mackie believes – and demonstrates in this book – that attitude is at least as important as carpentry skills. Given a will to learn and a desire to make something of one’s own, the average person is more than capable of building a log house that will serve an individual, a couple or a family for years to come.

Hundreds of photographs and detailed diagrams and drawings that take the reader step-by-step through the building process: selecting the land; purchasing and preparing the logs; sharpening tools; cutting, lifting and fitting the logs, and all the other steps involved.

Chapters include:
  • Purpose in building a log house
  • The building tree
  • Making a set of plans
  • How long will it take and how much will it cost?
  • Good site, good tools, good work
  • Log walls
  • Notches of all kinds
  • A roof over your head
  • Windows, doors and stairs
  • Interior and finishing touches
B. Allan Mackie is the author of many books on log building and is recognized around the world as one of the foremost builders of log houses.

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