So much talent!

Friend of mine from college.

CBS news - I stole this clip from someone else (not sure why folks only post to fb?)
Only rescuing people vaccinated against Covid

I go through the steps to apply traditional cement mortar / chinking to a log cabin - insulation, nails, mixing the mortar using portland cement, sand, and lime. Then I apply the chinking and clean up. Nice finished chinking will last a lifetime and looks beautiful on natural raw logs. Here's the blog post:

Just a description of some of the custom finish work I had to do for the 2nd floor in our cabin - had to add an extra floor support beam (4x12), and chink a gap where the floor will go.

found this somewhere, but can't find the original...

Three cheap ways to get rid of gaps between T&G flooring:
“Boot & Mallet”
Pry bar
Winch straps

Some details on the second floor- starting in the middle with a double-tongue board; Using a wall log as floor support (routed channel); fitting a 2x6 T&G using a scribed line.

Normally, if you had to fit a beam to a log, you would mark where to cut the beam, flip it over, make the notch, then install the beam. I can't easily flip over a 2-300 lb beam, so I'm notching them from the bottom.

Just can't get enough of this guy, lol. Funny stuff right there. I will gladly link to the original if someone can find it.

I haven't said much about pulleys since I made them, so I made this video before I ran out of heavy things to lift with them. Next to my chainsaw and tractor, pulleys are the most useful cabin building tool I have. For the price, you can't beat the mechanical advantage of pulleys.

Using pulleys to install beams over the kitchen. These are 4x12x20's my friend made for me. I think they weigh around 300 lbs. I used my pulleys to install them in brackets I made. There will be about 28 of these beams in the house to hold up the 2nd floor.

In this video, I show how I am installing board and batten siding on the gable of our log home. It would be easy if it were at ground level, but it's going in above the 2nd floor, so that creates its own challenges, especially since I am doing it by myself, with no machinery. blog:

I got bored, so I made this video showing me moving 2nd floor beams to the inside. They've been stacked outside under the shade of the huge roof overhang for over a year, but now I need to frame in the gable and they are in the way. Picked some wacky music to go along with it.

Just for reference, these are about the size of beams they use on the barnwood builders show. You don't necessarily need a team if you have one guy who's smarter than the log....

my neighbor was trying out his drone, and I suggested maybe test it on my home. Here it is!

Someone asked for a video of how I set up my 40' ladder. It's a lot different than shorter ladders. I had to reach the ridgepole of my cabin to attach a pulley so I could install some panels on the gable. The ridgepole is about 33' from the ground. The secret to setting up a 40' ladder by yourself is to stand it up using the side of the house as a stop. Also, tie it off so it doesn't blow down. Anyway, hope it's instructive.

How I install window frames in my LHBA Butt & Pass log home. These frames are made from 4x16 lumber I milled from a tree on my property. They are very heavy - probably 300 lbs - and are lag bolted at the top and bottom with 1/2"x8" lag screws. The window is 3x3. I use a chainsaw mill and 2x lumber to get a straight cut through the logs, then carefully cut around the rebar pins. When not cutting all the way through a log (at top or bottom), I start by removing enough log material, then I can usually knock out the excess with a hammer. Finer pieces require a chisel. For the cuts that go all the way through a log, I belay the log with pulleys so it doesn't bust a hole through the floor when it falls. They can weigh a few hundred pounds. I make the hole about an inch or so bigger on all sides, making it easier to chink later - less than 1" is hard to chink. Set the frame in place, level it and temporarily set the window with just a few screws (I'm using 1/2"x10" lag screws here). Later (not shown) I'll square up the frame by tightening the screws in the side of the frame, shim the window, then add trim and spray foam, and then more trim. And that's it. Note: in an LHBA style home, false headers or space above the window is not required because an LHBA log home doesn't settle. My blog:, music by "violin uplift". Share with your friends and please subscribe!

This guy is crazier than me. I wish I could find the original video, but here you go.

This is a picture window frame (5'x6') made out of 4"x16" lumber I made on my mill. I don't know how much it weighs- probably 300 lbs. It will be bolted in place with 1/2"x10" lag screws.

I researched building a log home for years before I settled on the Skip style Butt & Pass method taught by the Log Home Builders Association. Almost every style I came across needed special hardware and spaces built in above door frames and windows. Special screw jacks may be required for other styles to lower the roof as the walls shrink. LHBA claimed (correctly) that none of this was needed for their method. This video attempts to explain why. This "secret" was the only thing I couldn't find an answer to before I took the class. This secret is also the reason why anyone (with enough grit) can build an LHBA log home, even as a "first time builder" like me.

Ladder jacks plus two ladders and a 2x12 board are useful for when you need to work at heights over long horizontal distance - such as when you are about to chink a log cabin. I made these for about $25 in steel and 1.5 hours of welding and cutting.

Stop motion video on how I made 4x16 wood door frames for my cabin. blog here:

I talk about how I'm making my door frames from a tree I cut down and milled. They are 4x16 pieces lag screwed together and then screwed into the logs of my cabin. I believe the finished frames weigh about 500 lbs.

by Stephen Kapp Perry. Soloist: my wife, Pianist: Mudflap

I talk about installing floor joists in my log cabin and the next steps.

1st row of chinking on the inside is complete.


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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

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-knitting videos

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