update on the build- cutting rafters, finding big enough trees, planning for a crane, marking the ridge pole

just a small clip of a picnic I played for this week with some friends. nothing special, but sure enjoy playing this type of music- guitar, banjo, autoharp, accordion.

I cut down this 56' long Sweet Gum last fall, and then couldn't even budge it with my tractor. It is 29" at the base, 14" at the tip, and it's estimated weight is close to 10,000 lbs. It will be installed at the peak of the roof, and hold up the rafters.

Using a 30' track I welded from 2"x2"x1/4" angle steel to extend the track for a Hudson-Oscar 121 sawmill I bought from a friend. I'll use this sawmill and track to mill my own 4"x12"x28' rafters from logs on my property. I need 28 rafters and they cost about $300 each, so that would be about $8500. This mill and track was much less than that, so I'm saving money. Made my own log dogs for the track, as well.


Using a MUT (Multi Use Tool) from Harbor Freight to peel a log for my log cabin.


unloading a shipping container- used for storing tools and equipment for my log cabin during the build. Even the tractor fits inside.

Blog post about purchasing the container:

A Sally DeFord arrangement, played by me.

An arrangement of Georgia on my mind, played by me.

A short clip of me & my buddy Ellery playing a song at the ladies church social in March 2018. Sorry for the dumb look on my face, I only started picking on the ukulele a few weeks before this. Also it's a social, so excuse the noise. I'd like to do a full recording of this hauntingly beautiful melody from the 16th century.

This is the same log in "Stacking one log - start to finish - LHBA method". I cut this out so as not to take away from the process shown in the other video, but this can happen. The problem is that my triple blocks are made from single blocks, and I left the hooks attached- so there are 3 hooks on each pulley. The 6,000 strap attached to the log is almost too thick to fit in the hooks so when I rested the log on the wall (watch the video carefully), the strap slipped up off the hook. When that happened, gravity took over and the unbalanced log fell off the house. It did minor damage to the butt of one of the logs below it, but nothing major to itself and by design, no one got hurt (not luck- there's no place for luck with a 5,000 lb log).

This problem can be mitigated by using electrical tape to keep the loop on the hook closed.

When lifting logs, I announce to everyone what I'm doing, when I'm doing it, and I make sure the area is clear before proceeding. No one "rides logs" on my property. Thanks for watching.

My arrangement of the hymn for SATB and piano.

Cutting down a pine tree. This one had a bad hook in it, so I had to cut higher up on the trunk. And it was bigger than my 20" saw could handle. And my saw was dull. Sorry, but just wanted to show the technique. For the haters: I cut down about 100 trees with this saw, no accidents. Not a professional, and not perfect, but it works.

Building a Butt&Pass log cabin- blog about it here:

using block and tackle and a tractor to install a log after recent rain. We did get it pinned

Stacking one log - start to finish - LHBA method.

Also known as Butt & Pass method. Using ropes and pulleys - some antique, some I made myself, and a 1967 Ford 3000 diesel tractor. This will be a 2 story, 40x40, 3000 sq ft home.

The gaps will be filled in with rock wool, and smoothed over with mortar chinking after I get the electrical run in.

I cut all the trees myself. My wife and I peeled all of them and moved them from ours and the neighboring property. The largest log (so far) is 29" at the base, and weighs around 5,500 lbs. The ridge pole will be the heaviest log at the peak of the roof, will be 60' long and weigh around 8,500 lbs. We are hoping to get the roof on this spring and begin work on the interior this summer. Hoping to move in sometime next year. Started stacking logs June 15, 2017.

All of this is done after I get off work and on the weekends, with no loan (except a small owner financed loan on the land). Pay as you go. When complete, I estimate the build cost to be around $60,000.

Thanks for watching.

So sick of the mud- just want to build this house, but too much rain. Butt & Pass Log Home, using LHBA method and block and tackle. This is a 2 story 40x40 home on piers that my wife and I designed the interior layout.

It will be around 3,000 sq ft when complete. Being built in Madison County, Alabama.


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I joined Bit Chute because Youtube started banning gun videos, and I'm against censorship, for the most part. I have 100K+ views on my log home youtube videos (building with block and tackle), but going to give that up and move over here to Bit Chute on principle. Subscribe if I tickle your fancy. I'm not in it for the money. I'm against slavery of all forms- human slavery, debt slavery, slavery of the mind. I'm all for freedom- freedom of thought, expression, ideas, even if I don't agree with it, and as long as it doesn't encroach on my freedom.

Video types you may see:
How to videos:
-Building a Log Cabin with block and tackle
-Stacking Logs with rope and pulleys
-working with logs
-general construction
-using a sawmill
-Using LHBA Butt & Pass method
-debt free building
-felling trees
-peeling logs

Other videos:
-Music videos
--Ukulele, Piano, song arrangements
-knitting videos

-Miscellaneous videos
--interesting natural things