Building with Logs
Building with Logs

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Edition Notes: Eighth Edition. Revised and expanded
Author Statement: Allan B. Mackie
Audience: Trade
Specs: black and white photos, 8 pages color photos
Pages: 128
Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 11" x 1/4"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 19970301
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Building with Logs

Now completely revised and updated, B. Allan Mackie's BUILDING WITH LOGS is still considered the best book ever written on what the author calls 'one of the strongest, most endurable and beautiful building forms known.'

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; some of whom formed building companies internationally, with the result that the worldwide standard for excellence in log building is now a "Mackie" log house. His other books include Log House Plans and The Owner-Built Log House.


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

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