Off Grid Log Cabin #1: Off Grid Log Cabin: Laying Extra-Thick Logs Solo

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Blog entry by MaxAdvoko posted 12-19-2018 03:47 AM 1390 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello folks,

Back in 2015 during my vacation, I started to build a log cabin using fallen trees at Ladoga Lake. So, I decided to reclaim those extra-thick logs for my cabin’s construction.
I am a practicing lawyer based in St.Petersburg, Russia and can work on this colonization project only during my summer vacation, which is about a month a year.
I chose a round notch (also knows as a saddle cope) to join logs in my cabin.To make my cabin stronger I used square wooden stakes to secure each log’s layer. 
It is a bit ironic but this is what old carpenters used to do. They hammered square wooden stakes into predrilled round holes.
Go figure… 
I filled the grooves with moss for better insulation. This is my first experience in laying logs and things were not going very smoothly in the beginning; however, it turned out to be an enjoyable and comparatively simple experience.

Here is the second episode on its construction (4 min):

Thank you,


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#1 posted 12-27-2018 01:31 PM

It must have been daunting having only a month a year to complete this whole project. Nevertheless, it seems that your patience and expertise have indeed helped you along each and every necessary step to finally create this majestic masterpiece.

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