Building with Logs by Allan MackieBuilding with Logs by Allan Mackie

Building with Logs

byAllan Mackie

Paperback | March 1, 1997

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Now completely revised and updated, B. Allan This classic is still considered the best book ever written on making a full sized log home. This enlarged eighth edition, revised in 1997, is filled with numerous major construction improvements, and clearly shows the novice and experienced log builder how to select logs, plan both the site and financing, and then build a handsome log structure from the foundation to the ridge cap.

The concept of modern log building was born 25 years ago with the first edition of Building with Logs. All who loved log homes could, for the first time, learn how to build one. With over 100,000 copies sold, this book inspired thousands of owner-built homes.

Building with Logs covers: financing, the site, planning a good home, acquisition of logs, how to fall a tree and trim it, storage of logs, safety, foundations and basements, first logs and floor joists, hewing and the broad axe, cutting a round notch, sealing between the logs, setting allowance, gable ends, electrical wiring, finishing touches and much more.

The author has continued to teach, design and build. His schools have trained thousands of good craftsmen, some of whom formed companies to build internationally, with the result that the world-wide standard for excellence in log building is now a "Mackie" log house.

Allan Mackie, the author of many books on log building, is recognized around the world as one of the foremost builders of log houses. The founder of the B. Allan Mackie School of Log Building, he teaches log building not only throughout North America but also in Europe and Asia. His schools have trained thousands of good craftspeople...
Title:Building with LogsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.25 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Firefly Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1552091023

ISBN - 13:9781552091029

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Table of Contents

The Tree as Building Material
The Tree as an Endangered Species
Three Conservation Practices for the Logs
The Log Cabin Concept in Building
How Long Does It Take to Build a Log House?
How Much Does It Cost to Build a Log House?
The Site
Plans and Blueprints
Planning a Good Home
The Silloep Hill Ranch House
The Southbank House at Francois Lake
Acquisition of Logs
Selection of Logs
How to Fall a Tree
When to Cut. Peeling of Logs
Storage of Logs
Preparing the Building Site
Foundations and Basements
First Logs and Floor Joists
Level Board
More About Using Scribers
More About Walls
Sealing Between the Logs
Other Notches
More About Dovetail Corners
Pièce-en-Pièce Constructions
Putting the Logs Up on the Building
Header Logs
Plate Log
Upper Floor Joists
Cap Log
Outrigger Plate
Roof Systems
Log Gable Ends
Post and Purlin
Trussed Roof
Settling Allowance
Doors and Windows
Electrical Wiring
The Guest House
Finishing Up
Interior Walls
Exterior Walls
Lighting Fixtures, Plumbing, Heating, Hardware
Finishing Touches

From Our Editors

An inspiration to thousands of novice and experienced log homebuilders, Building with Logs is the quintessential guide to log selection, site planning and financing, foundations and basements, electrical wiring and sealing. Your guide to building a handsome log structure from the first dig to the ridge cap, B. Allan Mackie's expertise and gentle guidance sets the standard for craftsmanship.

Editorial Reviews

Very indepth.... This is no book for cowboys, and he has pitched it at people who want to build a log house and to do it professionally, ethically and to a high aesthetic standard.