If you want to be your own general contractor, consider checking out one of these log home building schools before you start carving out those notches!
The Pat Wolfe Log Building School
The Pat Wolfe Log Building School in Ontario offers several hands-on courses in log building (European chink-less style)—from a one-week session during which you’ll brush up on enough industry knowledge to be your own contractor to an intensive 10-week course, after which you just might change your profession.
Check them out at logbuildingschool.net.
Great Lakes School of Log Building
In northern Minnesota, the instructors at the Great Lakes School of Log Building will teach you the skills necessary to construct your own handcrafted log cabin. Their craft is Scandinavian full-scribed log construction, and the 10-day course is designed in accordance with the International Log Builders’ Association Log Building Standards/Best Practices. Beginners welcome.
Check them out at schooloflogbuilding.com.
Island School of Building Arts
At the Island School of Building Arts in British Columbia, students learn to build a 16-by-24-foot log house over four weeks. There’s also a semester option—a 16-week course that covers log building, timber post-and-beam construction, timber-frame bents and decorative stonework.
Check them out at logandtimberschool.com.
North House Folk School
There are a number of building classes at the North House Folk School, though we think you’ll like the builders workshop for dovetail log homes (you’ll build your own 8-by-8-foot cabin) and the introduction to log-home building that focuses on erecting a home with round logs. Both classes last five days and are suitable for beginners.
Check them out at northhousefolkschool.com.
Moose Mountain Log Homes
Thank you for your interest in our Log Building Course. Moose Mountain Log Homes Inc. has been handcrafting log homes since 1978. The initial intent of our courses was to train future potential log craftsmen, that we could then offer employment to. Today an equal number of students have an interest in either building their own home or entering the industry in some other location, therefore our program has been catered to both approaches.
Check them out at moosemountain.com.