Log houses inspire fascination across most of North America. They evoke a simpler time - 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 - 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.
In this profusely illustrated book, the author takes the reader step-by-step through the building process - the selection of land, the purchase and preparation of the logs, the sharpening of tools and the cutting, lifting and fitting of logs, and all the other steps involved. With hundreds of photographs and detailed diagrams and drawings, The Owner-Built Log House is much more than a how-to guide. It is nothing less than a testament to the belief that where there is a will for self-reliance, there is the possibility of achieving it.
As a unique feature of the book, the author takes us through his current building project on a 100-acre wilderness site. The reader experiences the entire process - from buying land right up to moving in and spending that first winter.
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.
These two books are going to be nirvana for anyone who wants to learn how to build one step by step and knows this information has come from decades of hands-on practice.
This book is nirvana for anyone who wants to learn how to build a log house step by step and knows this information has come from decades of hands-on experience. This book is nirvana for anyone who wants to learn how to build a log house step by step and knows this information has come from decades of hands-on experience.
The homes shown are beautiful, with a great deal of exposed joinery; Mackie's step-by-step instructions and excellent illustrations show how everything is done.
Allan Mackie, who has been building log homes with his own hands for decades, offers a literary gift to those who entertain the idea of building [a log cabin] the old-fashioned way.... The prose is as clear as Yosemite's sky at dawn, and illustrations and photos provide plenty of guidance when you're up to your elbows in timber. Mackie doesn't mince words, and he doesn't glorify the process -- but he does impart the satisfaction of building something extraordinary.
Mackie is recognized around the world as one of the foremost log home builders ... this is your textbook. One of a '10 Essential Books for Every Log Home Owner' in their 10th Anniversary Issue.
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