Personalized Log Building Training

Get a jump start on your log cabin project with personalized log building training from the BC Log School. We will customize a log and timber building course for a small group tailored to your specific building goals, at your desired location, and on your schedule. Prices and dates are to be determined. Please inquire with us if you have an idea for customized log building training.

Duration: 1-3 weeks

Instructional Days: to be determined

Dates: Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2023

Location: host site

Price: $0 ($0.00 + 5% GST)

Spaces Remaining: 5


The BC School of Log Building will customize a log building course modified to your specific building goals, at your location and on your schedule. Personalized training for small groups such as families, corporate events, or community run woodlots incorporates:

  • A customized building project; get a jump start on your specific log and timber project.
  • Your ideal location
  • Your schedule
  • Hands-on, experiential learning; small groups of up to 10 people
Cost & Content

Cost Considerations  **Contact us for detailed prices and quotes**

On site Instruction: includes 40 hrs of instruction per week for up to 10 students.

Travel Expenses: instructor travel to and from the course location from Golden, BC Canada.

Daily Expenses:  food and lodging for the instructor.

Deposit: Once all terms describing course particulars are agreed upon a non refundable deposit will be required to secure the course in our schedule.


Our log and timber courses cover the following through a hands-on approach, while working on a full scale log cabin. The content of your course will be customized for your specific log and timber project.

  • Tools of the trade talk
  • Safe log building techniques
  • Chainsaw skills development for the log builder
  • What makes a good building log
  • Log house design
  • Log selection
  • Log peeling and preparation
  • Log scribing (using the over scribing technique)
  • Cutting saddles
  • Notching and cutting the belly groove
  • Laying out and preparing the first round
  • Door and window openings
  • Insulating the logs
  • Installing loft beams
  • Leveling the top round
  • Laying out and preparing ridge pole and purlins
  • Insulating the logs

For the timber frame portion:

  • Tools of the trade talk
  • Safe and efficient timber framing techniques
  • Sharpening skills for the timber framer
  • What makes a good building timber
  • Square rule layout
  • Cutting and fitting mortise and tenon joinery
  • Laying out and cutting each member of the frame including:
    • Tie beams
    • Posts
    • Knee Braces
    • Rafter Plates
    • Rafters
  • Safe raising techniques
Materials & Tools

Required Log and Timber Materials

Once the course project (building) is established, the BC School of Log Building will assist in compiling a required materials list that will be needed to build the course project. Materials must be on site and ready to use (peeled, milled or as predetermined) for the first day of course.

Tool List

The following items are required for each student:

  • Chainsaw 45-60 cc (in safe working order) 16”-20” bar length is best, over 20” bar is not recommended
  • Full safety gear:  Steel toe boots, saw pants/chaps, eye protection, ear protection, hard hat, work gloves.
  • 2′ level
  • 25′ Tape Measure
  • Carpenters Square
  • Chalk Line (red or blue chalk)
  • Knife (large yellow Olfa is best)
  • 1” or Larger Chisel
  • dust masks
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Log Scribes **See note below**
  • Camera (optional but recommended)

** Log Scribes are an important tool for accurate marking and layout in the log building industry.  They are a fairly expensive tool ($175.00 and up).   If you think you will be building a house or cabin after the course I would recommend buying scribes, if you are unsure or just taking the course for interest it isn’t necessary to purchase scribes.  I have several sets that can be used.  I use Starrett 9” log scribes available online through Magard ventures;   I find the Veritas scribes that are available through Lee Valley tools a lit bit bulky for log building but certainly do the job and are cheaper.  Having your own set of log scribes for the round log building courses is necessary.  I do have a couple of extra sets available for use so check with me if you would prefer not to purchase a set.

As well as the items listed on the required tool list above, please bring to the course:

  • A lunch and any desired snacks as well as ample drinking water to last the 8 hour day (log building is hard physical work…)
  • Rain jacket
  • Sun screen
  • Balance of course fees
  • Log building is a very hands on activity that requires your full attention to perform safely and efficiently; no booze, drugs, or hangovers please

We love dogs but please leave your pets at home.

**Must wear Steel-Toed boots**

Site & Machinery

Log Lifting Machinery 

Appropriate machinery is necessary to efficiently and safely move the logs and timbers as is an operator to safely run the machine.

The type and size of the machine used will depend partly on the size of the building being built and also what is available to the host.  A skid steer or tractor would be considered the minimum sized machine required, with a telehandler or crane being a more suitable option for log building.

Building Site

A suitable site to run the course and build the structure will be necessary. A flat site with stable ground large enough to construct the specific building and allow the students to work in a manner that they have a safe amount of space between them in necessary.

Legal Requirements

Host will be required to have the necessary liability insurance in place prior to the start of the course and will need to agree to and sign our BCSLB contract describing our terms of service. All students must sign a BC School of Log Building waiver.

More Info

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What size of chainsaw do we need for the course?

We recommend a 45-60 cc size saw fitted with an 18’’ bar. The shorter bar length allows for safer, more controlled cutting when fitting logs. Stihl and Husqvarna are our recommended choices.

2. Do you rent tools if participants don’t have their own?

We have several complete tool packages that we can rent for the courses. These are typically reserved for students who are flying and can’t easily travel with a saw. Participants are still required to supply their own personal protection equipment.

3. Have any past participants gone on to build their own log buildings?

Yes, many students have built log buildings of their own after completing our course. Student projects have included cabins, saunas, houses, and outbuildings.

4. Have past students found log building employment after taking a log building course from the BC School of Log Building?

Yes, some of our students have chosen to pursue employment after completing their log building course and have been successful in securing a position in the trade.  Our courses provide a great foundation for someone who is interested in working in the log building industry.

5. What do you do with the buildings that are constructed in the course?

We sell the completed log shells that are built in the courses. If the building is not sold prior to the beginning of the course, then the students in the course are given the opportunity to purchase the shell.

6. What if I need to cancel my course?

All deposits and tuition paid for a course with the British Columbia School of Log Building are non-refundable. However, if you do need to cancel and there are at least 6 weeks remaining before your course starts, we will issue you a credit for the value of the deposit that can be applied to a future course within one calendar year, depending on availability. For instance, a credit issued on March 7, 2022 for a course that begins April 11th, 2022 will expire on March 7, 2023.

The BC School of Log Building reserves the right to cancel any log building course at any time. In the case of a course cancellation, the BC School of Log Building would refund the price of the course. The BC School of Log Building and Stonehouse Woodworks Inc will not be responsible for any other cost incurred by the student in the event of a cancellation.

Please ensure that your equipment and personal belongings are adequately insured before you arrive at the course. Equipment that is lost or damaged during the period in which the course takes place is the responsibility of the student. If a student purchases an equipment rental package, the BC School of Log Building reserves the right to charge the student for lost or damaged equipment.

Finally, we recommend that students purchase trip insurance which covers you for cancellation, delay or injury. No refunds are granted in the event of an incident stopping you from taking the course either before your course begins or during your log building course.

7. Where do students stay?

If you click on the ‘Location’ page of the website, you will find several options for accommodation during the courses including hotels and motels, b&bs, hostels and camping. You can also find a complete list of accommodation at .


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