A different way to build a house #54 – Log homes

In the United States, the “log cabin” is a nostalgic favorite. The early settlers and pioneers often built log cabins, and Abraham Lincoln was raised in one.

People still build them today. In the following video, you see how a log cabin is built the “old fashioned way”, starting with trees felled in the forest:

There are a few techniques you need to know to build like this. First you need to understand the saddle notch:

You also need to understand chinking. This video demonstrates the old fashioned way to do it using mud:

Chinking can also be done using cement or caulking.

Here is another view of the “one man, one cabin” process:

Today, log homes are often much more elaborate and produced in factories. Take these as examples:

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