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Forum topic by MaxAdvoko posted 12-08-2018 02:40 PM 858 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2018 02:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip trick log cabin building log cabin making log cabin off grid log cabin how to construct a log cabin log hoist pulley moving logs

Back in 2015 during my vacation, I started to build a log cabin using fallen trees at Ladoga Lake. As a side note: I purposefully didn’t chop a single live tree for my cabin construction which made the task more difficult.

My cabin has log walls, a roof covered with growing grass and strawberry, original windows, and a traditional Slavic door that I particularly enjoyed making.

But lets get back to our main topic of moving 1000 lbs (400 kg) logs. As I mentioned before, I only used trees fallen by hurricanes, which made access to them very complicated at times. The task proved to be more difficult than the construction itself. I used extra thick logs for my cabin’s construction. To move wet and heavy logs
I used an A-shaped frame with a pulley under its peak.
Such leverage and support hoist allows me to minimize friction by lifting one end of the log, helping me move it by myself.
Тhe A-shaped frame is made of two dry logs connected together at the top Then this joint is reinforced by a wedged dowel. I also screwed in a perpendicular arm to add extra strength to the system. Once I finished this, I trimmed each log to 8 feet (2.5 meters).

You can watch the process in this 3 min instructional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6HNfMBgnZ0

Max Egorov (Advoko MAKES)

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#1 posted 12-08-2018 03:16 PM

Max, I enjoyed watching your video very much. That sounds like a fun and rewarding project. In the 1960s a man named Dick Proenneke documented his life in the Alaska wilderness and his building a log cabin there with traditional tools in a series of videos. If you have not seen them, I highly recommend them. They are on YouTube and are worth watching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss&list=PL0A5550B5DFF800D3

I was in your city in August. St. Petersburg is beautiful. Lots of history there. I was fortunate enough to see many of the famous sights in the City and in Pushkin. I will never forget them.

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#2 posted 12-08-2018 03:54 PM

Thank you for the kind words! Yes, someone already sent me the info about Dick Proenneke. His skills are impressive. Thank you very much for the link though. I didn’t see that one yet.
So glad you liked St. Petersburg!! )) Yes, August was the right time to come here…


Max, I enjoyed watching your video very much. That sounds like a fun and rewarding project. In the 1960s a man named Dick Proenneke documented his life in the Alaska wilderness and his building a log cabin there with traditional tools in a series of videos. If you have not seen them, I highly recommend them. They are on YouTube and are worth watching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss&list=PL0A5550B5DFF800D3

I was in your city in August. St. Petersburg is beautiful. Lots of history there. I was fortunate enough to see many of the famous sights in the City and in Pushkin. I will never forget them.

- MPython


-- Let good people watch good videos!

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#3 posted 12-08-2018 06:45 PM

What a beautiful cabin! You’ve done really nice work there.

-- Elroy

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#4 posted 12-09-2018 07:55 PM

Thank you!


What a beautiful cabin! You ve done really nice work there.

- ElroyD


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#5 posted 12-09-2018 10:28 PM

Very interesting posts and video. The logs are big and you move them yourself.

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