2022 Course Offerings

Log Building Fundamentals

Course Description

Focused on traditional, pre-1940’s methods, students leave Cascadian’s Log Building Fundamentals Course with a strong foundation upon which to further develop their log building skills. Students learn fundamental terminology and concepts of natural log construction, gaining knowledge and skills to design and assemble basic log structures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Practice safe work habits
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to achieve tight joinery
  • Care for and maintain edge tools
  • Design a simple log structure
  • Layout logs for various uses
  • Accomplish a variety of notch types
  • Create and assemble a variety of log building styles

Topics covered in the log building course:

  • Forestry Principles
  • Design Considerations
  • Tool Use
  • Layout Procedures
  • Corner notches
  • Full scribe long grooves
  • Log joinery for various occasions
  • Floor & Foundation Styles & Systems
  • Wall & Roof Assembly
  • Vertical & Horizontal Log Assembly
  • Chinking & Daubing
  • & More

Classes are being scheduled for this summer in August.

All Sessions are Mon – Fri – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

We will use traditional hand tools to fit logs together using a variety of notch styles. Among them will be Round, Square, and Saddle, Chinked and Scribed long grooves.

We will construct a small cabin with a rafter roof system. Students can expect to learn the unique construction principles associated with joining natural, round, irregular, tapered cylinders together. The anatomy and inherent characteristics of trees, along with good design principles that provide a durable structure will be reviewed.

The four, week-long workshops will be consecutive which will allow an individual to attend as many workshops as desired. Each will advance the previous studies, and enable the student to proceed at one’s own pace.

Building with logs is an individual sport and not a competition.

Tools will be provided. Personal tools are encouraged.

David Rogers demonstrating old school log planer

Instructor: David Rogers

In 1972, David started his relationship with the Forest in Northern California, setting chokers for the logging industry.

In 1983, he attended the B. Allan Mackie School of Log Building and Environmental center and soon thereafter, began working for Log home building companies.

In the early 1990s, a US Forest Service Team hired him as an instructor to teach traditional log building methods for the purpose of repairing and restoring 1930’s WPA and CCC era log structures. It was during this period that ‘Historic Preservation’ became a topic of interest and fascination.

Since then, David has contracted with Federal, State, County, and City Parks in an effort to preserve the old log structures. Many private clients have utilized his services to repair and rehabilitate their properties.

Teaching the ‘old ways’ to the interested next generation is the purpose of this workshop.

He is currently a member of the International Log Builders Association.

Course Dates & Tuition are being planned for this summer.

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SessionDatesDurationTuition FeeStudent Limit
Logbuilding Fundamentals #1August 1 - 51 week$ 1250.008
Logbuilding Fundamentals #2August 8 - 121 week$ 1250.008
Logbuilding Fundamentals #3August 15 - 191 week$ 1250.008
Logbuilding Fundamentals #4August 22 - 271 week$ 1250.008