|Figure 1. What your woods home will look like. This cabin boasts a "store bought" roof and doors.|
|Figure 2. Clear and level area 12 by 16 feet. (You can use water jar for level.) Dig foundation stones in at corners; heavy oak ground logs rest on these.|
|Figure 3. After foundation logs are in place, dig in stones all around the foundation. Chink with moist clay. Door jambs fit in notches cut in ground logs, or if you have a saw, build wall solid and cut door later.|
To build, or "roll" walls, first notch under log carefully. Rest top log in notch and mark spot.
||Then roll top log back and notch. Keep height of walls the same by laying small end of one log over large end of another.||
Straighten logs by hewing. Cuts regulate wood remove Leave rough to hold chinking.
|Figure 5. When walls are six feet high, lay heavy log at front for door jamb top and two joists to support attic floor. Then prepare two plate logs. These are heavy logs cut on one side to L-shape. Butt ends of floor logs rest in this L.|
|Figure 6. Small poles can be used for attic floor. Notice trap door at far end. The variations here are endless. Build a half or three-quarter attic or none if you prefer. This was a trapper's cabin and a cold place to store furs was needed.|
|Figure 7. Use A-frame to get roof's slant the same at both ends of cabin. Lay progressively shorter logs to bring wall to peak. Trim ends to A-frame's slant. Near peak, fit four poles to run back under roof logs and brace vulnerable peak.|
|Figure 8. Watertight roof can be made completely of forest materials. Split logs down middle, hollow centers. Lay two side by side, hollows up. Cap space between with log, hollow side down. Logs extend over cabin sides to throw water past foundation.|
|Figure 9. Roof ridge is capped with hollow logs. Cabin is complete now except for chinking. Use moss mixed with clay or cement for this. Nails driven between logs help hold chinking in place.|
|Figure 10. Door is six-foot logs held together with strong Z-brace on inside. Oak hinges (A) are pegged to wall cap (B). C is top of right door jamb; D shows log space prepared for chinking.|