Prepping the 2x6 T&G roof decking for installation. 3200 sq ft, will be nailed to the rafters and will be seen when looking up to the ceiling from the inside of the cabin.


I put three clips together- installing a quick release pin, installing a rafter, and removing a quick release pin

Installing rafters with a narrow spreader bar- still possible, but much, much harder. Had to "launch" the rafters up over the wall with the leader rope and coordinating with crane operator

After installing the Ridge Pole, we had the crane operator release the pressure on it, and it immediately "rolled" a bit. This video shows how we rolled it back to center. Then I installed more rebar pins in it, and it is holding up very well. Blog:

installing rafters on my cabin using a crane and the correct spreader bar - 20 feet. Much easier than with a narrow spreader bar. Blog:

installing quick release pins on the straps from the crane for lifting rafters- saves having to climb up 30 feet to release the straps. The pins can easily be pulled out from the ground via a long string. Blog:

removing a quick release pin from a rafter while on the ground. Much safer than climbing up 30 feet.

I like this log as a middle RPSL. Has a neat crevice in it that will add to the "look" of our place. When you build it yourself, you get executive privilege on these kinds of decisions.

We hired a guy with a nice pretty crane to help install our Ridge Pole (RP) because the cost of buying stronger chains and heavier equipment was the same as paying him to do it, and he could do in a day what would take us a month. With winter coming on, we want to get this thing dried in ASAP. The plan was to install rafters and RP at the same time, but when he released pressure on the RP, the RP decided it didn't like its position and rolled to about "1 o'clock". Crane guy got scared, and pulled off the job. Told me to call him when I got the RP stabilized. Fast forward 10 days- after a week of rain, and making a new pair of rafters, stabilizing the RP with a chain hoist, shims and more rebar, we are now ready for the crane again. Didn't turn out like we thought, but it will turn out alright in the end.

cutting a rafter for my cabin with the Hud-Son Oscar 121 sawmill. The saw came with a 12 foot track, but I need to make 26 foot rafters, so I welded another 18 feet of track for a total of 30 feet of track, along with extra log dogs. a 4"x12"x26' rafter costs around $300 from the mill or lumber store, and for 28 rafters, that's about $9,000. I got this sawmill for a few thousand dollars, so I'm saving about $7,000 on the rafters by making them myself. This will help keep the total cost of this cabin down to about $20 per square foot - around $60,000 for a 3,200 sq ft log home. see my blog:

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.


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Video types you may see:
How to videos:
-Building a Log Cabin with block and tackle
-working with logs
-using a sawmill
-Using LHBA Butt & Pass method
-felling trees
-peeling logs

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

-Miscellaneous videos
--interesting natural things