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Log Construction Manual: The Ultimate Guide to Building Handcrafted Log Homes Paperback – October, 2002
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"An indispensible guide for those who are going to build . . . by the leading log building instructor in North America." -- Log Home Living Magazine
"An indispensible guide for those who are going to build . . . by perhaps the leading log building instructor in North America." -- Log Home Living Magazine
"Fantastic ! Chambers casts light into some of the darkest corners of log building. Buy it. Read it." Bill Olsen -- Log Building News
"Fantastic! In one book Chambers casts light into some of the darkest corners of log building. Buy it. Read it." -- Log Building News
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The Log Construction Manual has been the best-selling log-home how-to book since it was first published in 2002. This 2006 edition has a section of color photos, and updated black and white photos throughout. Hundreds of photos and drawings compliment the clear and easy-to-read information that Chambers provides to beginners and experienced log builders.
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Chambers also covers the subject comprehensively, from the highest-level ideas (his chapter on settling is fascinating) to the lower-level details (proper chainsaw stance for cutting the lateral groove, for instance).
Let me contrast this a bit with Mackie's "Owner-Built Log Home". Mackie's book is a good read, because he's a terrific wordsmith and he really conveys the pleasure of building your own log home. But his illustrations aren't nearly as clear as Chambers', and he tends to write for an audience that already understands a lot of wood joinery terminology and procedures. "Then we did this, and this, and this," and I'm like, "whoa, did you skip a few steps there?" I often found myself re-reading a page several times because I just couldn't envision what he was doing in my mind's eye. Chambers never leaves you wondering.
I think both books have a place on your bookshelf, but if you really want to learn the most hands-on information in a single book, this is the one.
Throughout the book Mr. Chambers refers to his "how to videos" and I believe at some point in the near future, I will be ordering those as well to compliment the text. If they are as clear and concise as the book, I will consider that a good investment as well.
anyone interested in building or owning a log home needs to have this book.
I've been in construction for 30 years and needed to be educated about log construction for a job I had coming up.
Mr. Chambers book along with his videos set, quickly did just that. I'm in no way a master log builder now, but I learned about the things like settling, shifting, shrinking, proper sizing for window/ door openings, pre drilling for wiring, etc. that contractors who finish log shells, turning them into homes need to know.
EVERYONE INTERESTED IN LOG HOME CONSTRUCTION NEEDS THIS BOOK AND HIS VIDEO SET!!
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Currently awaiting Robert's other work "Building Log Homes: Box 1: Building Log Walls" DVD
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